U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region


Work at one of the restored beaches, Kimbles Beach. A wheel loader fills the rubber-tracked dump truck. Credit: Eric Schrading/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hurricane Sandy investments support the President’s Climate Action Plan goal of making communities more resilient to increasingly intense storms predicted with a changing climate.

Derleth delivering a speech at the Plymco Dam Removal Dedication Event (2015) Credit: MA Dept. Fish and Game

Eric Derleth’s passion for conservation work led to his 37 years of service to date with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As the Partners for Fish and Wildlife coordinator for New England, Derleth is continuing that work today by managing four current projects in Massachusetts supported by Hurricane Sandy resilience funding.

A Nelson’s sparrow and a saltmarsh sparrow at Barn Island in Conn. 
Credit: Chris Elphick/Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

From Maine down to Virginia, salt marshes provide a home to species like the saltmarsh and seaside sparrow, as described in a recent PBS documentary. Several Hurricane Sandy-funded science projects led by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are studying coastal habitats, identifying areas for restoration where wildlife and people are most vulnerable to the forces of future storms.


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