May 2018: Coastal Restoration in the Face of Climate Change - Rhode Island
On Friday, May 4, there was a field trip to examine salt marsh restoration through thin layer deposition projects at two National Wildlife Refuges. The program started at 10:00am with a presentation followed by a restoration site visit to the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge for lunch (provided), followed by restoration viewing and discussion.
On Saturday, May 5 was a full day of conference talks and networking opportunities at Save the Bay Conference Center. The day included presentations on the previous day’s field trip, living shoreline design, IPCC update on salt marsh response to climate change, salt marsh restoration at Plum Island Ecosystems LTER and more. Additionally, we had an update from our 2017 student grant winner on the impacts of road salt on the function and structure of forested wetlands. We also gave an update on current SWS activities, at the international and chapter level, and announce the 2018 student grant recipients.
May 2017: Wetland/Aquatic Restoration Success and Failures - Maine
On Friday, May 5, there was a field trip to look at the good, bad, and ugly of wetland mitigation. First, the attendees visited a mitigation site in Sanford that failed and learned about the site that replaced itt. Later they headed to Westbrook and Scarborough to see other sites and discussed how they are better - or not? - than the morning site.
On Saturday, May 6, the full-day meeting featured talks focused on wetland restoration sites, the Connecticut In-Lieu Fee program, Vernal Pool conservation and land use, wetland restoration in a changing climate and more. The meeting featured posters and a chance to learn about activities and opportunities within the SWS NE Chapter. The day ended with an optional field trip on the University of New England campus to see a constructed wetland. Learn more about the full meeting program.
September 2016: Hydrologic Considerations in Wetland Restoration –Vermont
The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists hosted a trip, led by USDA Wetland Specialist, James Eikenberry. We visited several excellent sites that are closely located to one another in the Brandon, Sudbury, and Leicester, VT. Eikenberry highlighted a wide range of wetland areas; some had been restored for several years and were doing well, others had been restored for several years, but needed invasive plant control (possibly with some restoration planned for this summer), and lastly some sites that were new and in need of full planning and future funding. Interestingly, this is the only site with active hydrology manipulation used for waterfowl management.
July 2016: River Floodplains - Vermont
The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists visited Northern Vermont floodplain forest communities and learned of the efforts by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to restore floodplain forests. Led by Christian O. Marks, Floodplain Ecologist with TNC, we visited two locations (Maidstone and Lemmington, VT) and spent the day studying floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands. We learned of the ecological relationships between species distribution and flooding, sediment deposition and floodplain forest succession.
We then visited floodplain forest restoration areas, reviewing stream buffer plantings and comparing natural regeneration in old hay and corn fields. The plantings included field trials of American elm-crosses that were part of a collaboration between TNC and the USDA FS to develop new cultivars of the American elm that would have greater disease tolerance and other desirable traits.