February 2021 Webinar - Assessing Vegetative Species Re-colonization of Commercial Cranberry Bogs
Thursday, February 18, 2021 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (CST)
Monthly webinars are offered as a benefit of membership. Once each quarter, in March, July, September and December, the monthly SWS webinar is open for non-members to attend (and at no cost), as well.
Mill Brook in Freetown MA winds its way through former cranberry growing areas prior to planned wetland restoration.
Mill Brook Bogs, a 100-acre retired commercial cranberry farm that has been inactive for approximately 6 years, has degraded wetland habitats due to the legacy of agricultural practices. Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration was interested in evaluating the condition of the wetlands onsite and to track wetland response over time post-restoration. Save the Bay's Narragansett Bay Riverkeeper used Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) on former cranberry growing areas within the farm as well as wetlands impacted by the farm's manipulated hydrology to evaluate the pre-restoration quality of the plant communities. This presentation will discuss methods used and findings, as well as comment on FQA as an efficient method to gauge wetland response to restoration efforts.
Presenter: Kate McPherson
Kate McPherson is Save The Bay's Narragansett Bay Riverkeeper. She's a Professional Wetland Scientist who's passionate about wetland and river restoration, engaging community members to take steps to improve watershed health, and using sound science to inform policy. Kate holds an B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Rhode Island. Before joining Save The Bay, she spent fourteen years working in the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Office of Water Resources, Freshwater Wetlands Permitting Program where she reviewed potential impacts of proposed projects on wetland resources.