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.
Battleship North Carolina is at the forefront of climate change. Berthed on the Cape Fear River, the Battleship is threatened by rising seas. Living with Water is a climate adaptation and resilience project that aims to preserve access to the National Historic Landmark and restore the local estuarine ecosystem. Learn more about the issue and what’s being done to address it this interactive Story Map.Visit the SASMI News Archive
Coastal Kingdom is a local public television program presented by SCETV, and this episode is all about salt marsh! Venture into the salt marsh, a habitat teeming with diversity. Tony Mills takes viewers on a journey through marshes, creeks and rivers, encountering crabs, shrimp, sharks, Redfish and the resilient Spartina grass. Watch the full episode at the link above.Visit the SASMI News Archive
Coastal Georgia lawmakers are backing legislation that would make it easier for owners of marshland property under grants that date back to the 1700s to permanently establish that ownership. But opponents argue the bill would make the process so easy it would encourage false claimants to step forward and take advantage of state tax credits at the expense of the rightful owners of the environmentally fragile salt marshes — the public.Visit the SASMI News Archive
Sentinel landscapes are voluntary partnerships that coordinate federal and state resources to empower landowners and managers to advance sustainable land use practices, support resilience efforts, increase public access to recreational opportunities, and foster collaboration among stakeholders. If approved, the Northeast Florida Sentinel Landscape would be the third such site in the state.Visit the SASMI News Archive
Coastal Georgia regulators want to change a rule designed to protect the state’s marshes, which serve as a buffer against storms and rising sea levels and a vital part of the coastal ecosystem. But advocates say the seemingly small change points to a need for a broader review of marsh protections.Visit the SASMI News Archive
Working with a coalition of partners, the Southeast Plant Conservation Alliance has created the nation’s first Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN) list for plants! Collaborators included the Atlanta Botanical Garden, NatureServe, and Terwilliger Consulting, with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This list narrows down the vast number of plants native to the Southeast to 1,824 species that are a regional conservation priority based on criteria such as rarity, threats, and needed conservation actions.Visit the SASMI News Archive