The SASMI Plan is the pathway to the protection, restoration and migration of this great expanse of salt marsh. It reflects the culmination of two years of intensive study, dialogue, and deliberations. This includes understanding that while each of the four SASMI states faces many of the same challenges, these challenges likely vary in severity and extent at the state and local levels. Therefore, achieving landscape-scale success with the regional plan will necessitate a tailored approach to the plan’s implementation that is formulated in partnership and coordination with agencies and other partners at the state and local levels. The strategies included in the plan are intended to be a road map for elected officials, state and federal agencies, communities, NGOs, academic partners and others to work together to ensure the long-term abundance, health and resilience of this vital natural resource.
MARSH FORWARD! A Regional Plan for the Future of the South Atlantic Coast’s Million-Acre Salt Marsh Ecosystem
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New Plan Would Save Future of 1 Million Acres of Salt Marshes Along Southeast U.S. Coast
Protecting and restoring coastal salt marshes can help fight the flooding and erosion that threatens communities and military installations, according to a new plan released today by the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative (SASMI).Visit the SASMI News Archive
NOAA Funds New Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Projects
NOAA has recommended more than $28 million in funding for projects that will strengthen the climate resilience and advance the coastal habitat restoration priorities of coastal ecosystems and underserved communities. A total of 7 projects across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida promise to restore critical habitat for key species, facilitate implementation of living shorelines, increase capacity to build relationships between restoration organizations and local communities, and more.
Learn more about these projects here and here.Visit the SASMI News Archive
On U.S. Barrier Islands, African-Rooted Traditions Protect against a Relentlessly Rising Ocean
Salt marsh plays an important role in sustaining the livelihood and culture of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who have been valued SASMI partners aligned with our goal to conserve approximately one million acres of salt marsh. This article provides insight to how the Gullah Geechee have worked to preserve their heritage, maintain ownership of their lands, and steward the vital yet delicate coastal ecosystem.Visit the SASMI News Archive
After decades, project to fix a Georgia salt marsh shows early results
On the southern end of the Georgia coast, old scars left in the marshes by the logging industry are starting to heal, thanks to new federal funds. Officials recently announced the completion of the first stage of the project, in which the Army Corps of Engineers spent $3.1 million to close two logging cuts through tidal salt marshes so the water can flow naturally.Visit the SASMI News Archive
Interior and Defense Departments Launch Readiness and Recreation Initiative to Preserve Green Spaces, Enhance Recreation Opportunities around Military Installations
$80 million from Land and Water Conservation Fund and matching Defense funds will enhance outdoor access, protect at-risk species near military bases.Visit the SASMI News Archive
2022 National Coastal Resilience Fund Recipients Announced
NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced a record investment in projects that will help communities prepare for increasing coastal flooding and more intense storms, while improving thousands of acres of coastal habitats. The funding, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and private sector partners, provides more than $136 million to support 88 natural infrastructure projects in 29 states and U.S. territories.Visit the SASMI News Archive