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Coastal access guide

From Salisbury to Hingham, the Massachusetts Coast Guide to Boston and the North Shore lists nearly 400 public access sites, ranging from expansive parks with concession stands to small public landings and out-of-the-way spots. Produced by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, each copy of the guide is $6.00 (includes shipping and handling). To order: send a check or money order made out to Urban Harbors Institute and mail to: Coast Guide, UMass-Boston - Urban Harbors Institute, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. You can also download an order form at www.mass.gov/czm/coastguide/.

Sea level rise in New Brunswick

"Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on the Coastal Zone of Southeastern New Brunswick" is a three-year, $2.5 million study managed by Environment Canada and carried out by scientists and researchers from over a dozen government and academic groups in consultation with municipalities and planning commissions, and with additional financial support from the Government of Canada's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program. The goal of the project is to measure the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise in support of sustainable management, community resilience and the development of adaptation strategies for these impacts. Researchers are studying how the coastal area has been changing in past years and are making predictions on how it will change over the next 100 years. Using precise surveying methods, digital elevation maps are being created to show which areas would be affected (or flooded) by higher sea-levels, especially when combined with high tides or storm surge. To view the progress of the study go to:


Exotic species in coastal New England

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant Program has produced the Hitchhikers Guide to Exotic Species. The guide contains color photographs and information on several introduced species that can be found along the New England coast, as well as some native species for comparison purposes, and is printed on waterproof paper. To request a copy, please contact hitchhikers@mit.edu. To download an electronic copy, go to http://massbay. mit.edu/images/HHall.pdf.

Maine intruders fact sheet

Maine's Marine Invasion is a full-color, six-page fact sheet on Maine's marine invasive species highlighting some of the state's most abundant or problematic invaders. How do species from other areas get into Maine's coastal waters? What happens when they get here? What is being done in Maine to address the issue of marine invasive species? The fact sheet covers these topics and also outlines actions that can be taken by citizens to minimize the risk of introducing new species into Maine's coastal waters. Developed by Maine Sea Grant, in collaboration with the Casco Bay Estuary Project and Maine Marine Invasive Species Working Group. To obtain copies of this publication, please call (207) 581-1435 or visit the Maine Sea Grant Web site at www.seagrant.umaine.edu.

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