This month the award for thinking nationally and acting locally goes to the Narragansett Bay Reserve scientist Kenny Raposa, who made the news for his research on the fate of Rhode Island’s wetlands in the face of sea level rise. “People didn’t realize the wetlands were disappearing until he drew their attention to it,” says Elizabeth Watson, a wetlands ecologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia who has studied the state’s marshes and worked with Raposa.
His work in his home state was part of a national assessment that involved 16 reserves around the system—the type of study that can only come from a long-term data set like that provided by the Reserves’ System-Wide Monitoring Program.
At the Lake Superior Reserve in Wisconsin, their annual St. Louis River Summit drew 265 participants and lots of media attention, including National Public Radio. There were a variety of presentations and discussion linking climate, landscapes and community – the road to resilience. “Like an estuary, the St. Louis River Summit is a place where people meet and mix. It provides a diversity of solutions and strategies for a healthy St. Louis River Watershed,” says Erika Washburn, Reserve Manager. “It nourishes the community with education and outreach opportunities.” Read more about the summit here.
Watch highlights from the 2016 Summit: