New England salt marshes play an important role for society in maintaining healthy fisheries, mitigating shoreline erosion, reducing flooding, and protecting water quality, yet these marshes are among the most vulnerable in the country. To build capacity for New England salt marsh resilience, the Narragansett Bay National Estarine Research Reserve hosted a regional workshop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 26, 2018 for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss the growing body of literature on salt marshes and sea level rise. Building upon the success of a similar workshop held in Rhode Island in 2014, the project further strengthened the connections among the New England reserves through cross-reserve exchange, and provided an important information-sharing opportunity for the larger salt marsh restoration and adaptation community.
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