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Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine
 
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Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine: Human Impacts, Habitat Restoration, and Long-term Change Analysis

Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs and drawings, this 42-page booklet provides an overview of

  • the valuable ecological functions of healthy salt marshes,
  • human impacts on salt marshes,
  • methods for restoring salt marsh habitats, and
  • the need for a regional salt marsh monitoring program.

The booklet is intended as a useful tool for resource managers, lawmakers, non-governmental organizations, educators, and others interested in understanding salt marshes as a key element of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

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Overview
 

Salt marshes remove pollution from the water, provide food and shelter for fish and birds, protect the shoreline from erosion, and perform other valuable roles in the ecosystem. However, a large percentage of the Gulf of Maine's salt marshes have been lost, and many remaining marshes are in poor health. Individuals and organizations around the region are working to restore salt marshes and monitor their health.

Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine describes the natural processes in these fascinating coastal wetlands, human impacts, and efforts to restore and monitor them. This publication is a collaborative project of the Habitat Restoration Subcommittee, Habitat Monitoring Subcommittee, and Science Translation Project of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment.

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How to cite the booklet
 

Taylor, Peter H. 2008. Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine: Human Impacts, Habitat Restoration, and Long-term Change Analysis. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. www.gulfofmaine.org/saltmarsh. iv+42 p.

Downloadable images
 

Selected illustrations and graphics from the booklet are available for downloading in jpeg format. The images may be used freely in presentations and web pages, provided that proper citation of the booklet is included. Click here to see and download the jpegs.

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Funding
 

The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), Maine Sea Grant, Maine State Planning Office, New Hampshire Coastal Program, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided support for the writing, design, printing, and distribution of Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine.

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