Lecturer and freelance magazine writer Doug Stewart presents an illustrated lecture on Essex County’s spectacular Great Salt Marsh. The Marsh stretches from Cape Ann to New Hampshire and is a biological engine whose nutrients sustain fish stocks and bird life. It also protects shore towns from flooding and storm surges, but despite its necessity, the Marsh is poorly understood and under-appreciated. Stewart will explore the Great Marsh’s past as valuable real estate for farming salt hay, its unique success over much of the past century in dodging the nation’s swamp-filling mania, and its uncertain future as sea-level rise accelerates.
Photographs by Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, author of Between Land and Sea: The Great Marsh (©2007 – out of print) will be on view during the lecture.
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