Time: June 12, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Learn more about the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Easement Program and how it can help you protect marsh migration corridors and adjacent uplands. 

On Narragansett Bay, the Rhode Island NRCS partnered with Save The Bay and a local land trust to work with property owners to secure easements on salt marsh migration corridors that are currently agricultural land or forested wetlands. Using Sea Level Rise Affecting Marsh Migration Models, the team identified eligible properties and contacted property owners to assess interest. When these easements are secured, the Wetlands Reserve Easement program can fund restoration activities in the marsh to address legacy agricultural impacts to hydrology and facilitate marsh migration by removing barriers such as invasive plants, agricultural berms, or walls. Speakers will discuss this case study and offer insights on how to engage with the NRCS Wetlands Reserve Easement Program.

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Wenley Ferguson, Director of Restoration, Save The Bay

Wenley Ferguson is Save The Bay’s Director of Restoration. Since 1990 she has worked on coastal habitat and water quality restoration projects throughout Narragansett Bay and its watershed including restoring salt marsh, anadromous fish, dune, and coastal buffer habitats and stormwater management. Wenley works with partners on design, implementation and monitoring of restoration and coastal resilience projects.

Melissa Hayden

Melissa Hayden has been the state Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Rhode Island since 2022. In this role, she provides technical support for NRCS staff, partners, and clients on projects relating to terrestrial and aquatic wildlife habitat, Endangered Species Act compliance, the National Environmental Policy Act, and forestry related topics. Prior to this, she served as a NRCS district conservationist for the eastern and southern districts and soil scientist and conservationist. Melissa received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont.

Pathways to ResilienceProtecting & Restoring Salt Marsh Migration Corridors