Seeds of Success, a native seed collection program, is helping to restore and strengthen coastal areas vulnerable to intense storms and sea-level rise predicted with a changing climate.
On a recent tour at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Smith Island, Maryland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff observed construction of a 21,000 foot living shoreline. This project, funded by the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, has been underway for three months in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and will help protect shoreline and tidal marsh, offering benefits to habitat, wildlife and nearby communities in the face of future storms.
Jim Turenne began working on county soil surveys in Massachusetts as a field soil mapper for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1987. Present day, as Rhode Island’s assistant state soil scientist, Turenne works closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on a number of coastal resilience projects.