University of Connecticut
The Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve consists of 52,160 acres in the southeastern part of the state, where the Connecticut and Thames rivers flow into Long Island Sound. The Reserve protects an area with the region’s highest diversity of fish, including Atlantic salmon, and the endangered shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon. It also encompasses areas recognized as ‘wetlands of international importance’ by the Ramsar Convention and opportunities for public access at several preserves and state parks. The area surrounding the Reserve includes North America’s oldest Indian Reservation, the Mashantucket Pequot, as well as ethnically diverse cities like New London.
Latest News from the Connecticut Reserve
FY 2023 budgets are working their way through Congress. The House Appropriations Subcommittee marked the NERRS Operations Research, and Facilities (ORF) budget at a $1.5M increase over FY 2022 and the NERRS Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction at a $1M increase over FY 2022.
This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Andrea Woolfolk, long-time Stewardship Coordinator at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve in California. They spoke of restorations large and small, primal knowledge, and what it takes to be a steward. (Spoiler alert: bug spray.)
This year’s NERRS annual FilmFest will be in honor of our first in-person annual meeting after three long years! There will be prizes, a viewing party, and NERRS/NERRA microfame on NERRA’s Youtube channel!