A salt marsh lives in delicate balance with the daily rise and fall of ocean tides. What happens to a salt marsh and its environs when the sea level rises and floods marshlands on a daily basis that once were flooded only by the occasional heavy storm tide? This is a question that residents of Scarborough will have to answer in the not-too-distant future. Fortunately, Scarborough Marsh is the beneficiary of a federal grant to research this question through the creation of a Marsh Migration Task Force.
A three-year project to control the invasive reed Phragmites australis in the Scarborough Marsh has achieved its goal of a 95% eradication rate in the areas treated under the program. The project was a collaboration among the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, and Maine Audubon. Launched in August 2010, it involved a variety of actions utilizing highly specialized mowing equipment, licensed and trained contractors and application of a specially formulated herbicide that affects only plants.
Be a part of the essential, long-term work to ensure that the marsh remains a vibrant and healthy ecosystem and a wild space for our children and future generations to enjoy. Please give generously to our Annual Fund Campaign. In the year ahead, we will be working with our partners to battle further against invasive species, add more marshlands to the 3100 acres already protected, and continue to track the sources of pollutants that imperil the health of the marsh. To accomplish all this, we'll need your help. We invite you to join us as a Friend of Scarborough Marsh. To make your gift, download our form and mail a check, or go to Network for Good to contribute securely online now. Thank you.
Conserve, protect, restore, and enhance the Scarborough Marsh.