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Belle Isle Marsh Environment Inventory

Funding for this project was awarded by MassBays to Mystic River Watershed Association

About the project

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation contains one of the last remaining substantial areas of salt marsh in greater Boston. Belle Isle sits within the Rumney Marshes Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and is home to various endangered species, especially birds, that use it for breeding, feeding and overwintering. Yet its continued existence is threatened by numerous physical stressors and by lack of coordinated conservation and management efforts among various stakeholders.

With funding from this grant, Mystic River Watershed Association will partner with the Friends of Belle Isle and others to develop a comprehensive resource management plan to guide successful restoration. The work will include implementation of first steps towards addressing priority issues to understand, and eventually, and if possible, reverse the ongoing degradation of this vital saltmarsh.