Map of Upper North Shore Region

The Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee (8T & GM) is the Upper North Shore Local Governance Committee for the Massachusetts Bays Program and works with the municipalities of Salisbury, Amesbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester and Rockport. Our Committee consists of municipally appointed citizens working to implement the Action Items of the CCMP on a regional scale.

The Upper North Shore is fortunate to have a number of active citizen group and nonprofit environmental organizations working in concert to restore and protect water quality and habitat. The Eight Towns and the Great Marsh LGC was established in 1992 to promote local and regional coastal water quality initiatives, and is comprised of citizens appointed by the chief elected officials in each of the eight member communities. The Mass Bays regional staff member works with 8T & GM to provide an array of technical assistance, such as environmental training and consulting, workshops, and grant writing to the communities.

8T & GM Committee members are appointed by the chief elected officials in their communities. The Committee meets monthly, and works closely with local officials, citizens, nonprofit groups and state agencies to promote coastal protection. We provide technical assistance to the community in the form of coastal project identification, grant writing, and site assessment. The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) began providing staff and technical support to 8T & GM in March of 1993.

8T & GM Committee members include:

  • Deborah Carey, Amesbury
  • Wayne David, Salisbury
  • Liz Duff (Education)
  • Stephan Gersh, Essex
  • John Halloran (Education)
  • Franz Ingelfinger, Ipswich
  • Julie McMahon, Rockport
  • Nico Osborne, Newburyport
  • Max Schenk (Chair), Gloucester
  • Derek Stehlin, Newburyport
  • Frederick Tarr, Rockport
  • Geof Walker, Newbury
  • Glen Wood, Ipswich

Please visit the official Eight Towns and the Great Marsh website for more information.

Peter Phippen Technical Assistant/Coastal Resources Coordinator

For more information on Eight Towns and the Great Marsh, contact:

Peter Phippen
Technical Assistant/Coastal Resources Coordinator
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
160 Main Street Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-374-0519 
Fax: 978-372-4890