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.
A new video shares the most up-to-date sea level rise projections for the United States and encourages viewers to take some initial steps. The video highlights key takeaways from the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, with a focus on the impacts on coastal communities.Visit the SASMI News Archive
The latest update to the Southeast Conservation Blueprint, version 2023, is now available! As part of that expansion, there are now 18 new Caribbean indicators for land, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, and there are 9 new or improved indicators for the continental marine areas.Visit the SASMI News Archive
NEWPORT — The North Carolina Coastal Federation recently received $1.53 million from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund to support several efforts, including the nonprofit organization’s living shoreline cost-share program and large-scale wetland restoration in Carteret County.Visit the SASMI News Archive
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the addition of 446 acres to the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge near Charleston, a key acquisition that will boost wintering wetland habitat for migratory birds and recreational opportunities for bird lovers. Cape Romain covers about 10 percent of the South Carolina coastline and serves as critical wintering and breeding grounds for dozens of migratory shorebirds. The soon to be acquired, previously private land will add needed wetlands, managed impoundments, and forested uplands to Cape Romain.Visit the SASMI News Archive
On September 13, NC Coastal Federation, NC Department of Environmental Quality, and The Pew Charitable Trusts co-hosted a series of events for the NC Environmental Management Commission and other local and state partners to discuss coastal habitats and ways to increase resilience along the NC coast. Over 100 commissioners, state and local officials, scientists, environmental partners, and members of the Gullah/Geechee Nation gathered in Morehead City, NC for a luncheon, boat tour highlighting different coastal habitats and restoration projects, a walking tour of Carteret County Community College’s living shoreline project, and a reception featuring the SASMI film.Visit the SASMI News Archive
All along the margins of the mid-Atlantic today, in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, as well as many other low-lying parts of the East Coast, rapid sea-level rise is driving a deadly sogginess inland. Frequent floods and higher high tides are pushing marsh into forests and drowning the cedar and pine trees that fringed the shore even a decade ago. Some habitats are changing so fast that the dead trees haven’t had time to fall over. They haunt the landscape, effigies of climate-driven change. Learn more about these "ghost forests" in this article.Visit the SASMI News Archive