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The Great Marsh Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), which was originally called the Parker River/Essex Bay ACEC, includes 25,500 acres of barrier beach, dunes, saltmarsh, and water bodies in Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Newbury, and Rowley. In 1999 and 2000, CZM hosted a coastal fellow funded through NOAA's Coastal Services Center. The fellow, Katie Busse, worked with CZM to improve stewardship efforts in this ACEC.
The following materials (available as PDF documents) were developed through this project:
Also through this project, CZM also helped to form the Great Marsh Coalition, which is a group of organizations and agencies who continue to work to build a regional consciousness and identity for the Great Marsh. The Parker River/Essex Bay ACEC is part of this larger Great Marsh ecosystem.
Lessons learned through the Parker River/Essex Bay ACEC Project: