Salt marshes provide rich habitat to a great diversity of plants, invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals. They also protect shorelines from storm damage by dispersing wave and tide energy, and help purify water by assimilating potential pollutants. To help manage these resources at the local level, A Volunteer's Handbook for Monitoring New England Salt Marshes pdf format of vols-guide-salt-marsh-2002.pdf file size 4MB was developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) as a tool to help local groups collect and record data on salt marsh health in a consistent and scientifically sound manner.

To order a hardcopy of the handbook, please email czm@state.ma.us with your name and mailing address or call the CZM Information Line at (617) 626-1212.