Wetlands Restoration: Tidmarsh Farms – with Glorianna Davenport & Alex Hackman
Tidmarsh Farms is a 577-acre property located in Manomet Village, about 5-miles south of Plimouth Plantation. For over 100 years the farms (there were 2 of them) focused on producing cranberries. In 2010, through a series of actions, the owners agreed to transform 250-acres of the property located between Bartlett and Beaver Dam Roads into a nature sanctuary. The first step in this transformation was to realize a large-scale wetlands restoration project (2015-2016). In this presentation, Glorianna Davenport, a Trustee of the Farms, and Alex Hackman, Project Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) will talk about the landscape, assessment of factors limiting natural recovery and the ecological restoration goal.
Presenters: Glorianna Davenport is a Trustee of Tidmarsh Farms, Inc. and co-founder of Living Observatory, a new center for documenting, interpreting and experiencing a landscape in transition. Trained as a documentary filmmaker, Glorianna began her research and teaching career at MIT in 1977. A founding member of M.I.T.’s Media Laboratory, Davenport’s research focused on how to transform video into a mainstream digital and social medium. Today, Glorianna continues to champion media innovations that will allow people, individually and collectively, to better understand the relationships between ecological processes, human lifestyle choices, and adaptation of the natural world to climate change.
Alex Hackman is an aquatic ecologist and project manager for the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Tufts University, and a Master’s of Science from the University of Vermont. Alex has managed dam removals and other river/wetland restoration projects for the past 7 years, and has been involved in all aspects of data collection, engineering design, permitting, and fundraising, for the Tidmarsh Farms project. He assisted the Town of Plymouth to design and implement the Eel River Headwater Restoration Project (completed in 2010), a first of its kind effort to restore a retired cranberry farm in Massachusetts. Alex is a self-described nature lover, active member of the Society for Ecological Restoration, and advocate for bringing theory and science together for effective restoration design.
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