Friends of Sippewissett Marsh aims to collaborate with local institutions, including the MBL, to help conserve the marsh.
By Mackenzie Ryan
Founded last spring, Friends Of Sippewissett Marsh and Beaches aims to help protect and sustain the ecosystem of Great Sippewissett Marsh through collaborative educational projects with other organizations and town entities.
Composed of residents abutting the Great Sippewissett Marsh, the group is looking to increase visitors’ respect for the area by elevating their understanding of the fragility of the marsh and beaches.
Belle Traver McDougall, a founder of Friends of Sippewissett Marsh and Beaches, grew up on Little Neck Bars Road. Having seen the impact on the marsh over her lifetime and an increase in significant changes in recent years, Ms. Traver McDougall wanted to help form a community group to address those issues.
Increased boat traffic and visitors’ lack of understanding of the ecosystem were contributing factors in her desire to form FSMB. The group is pushing forward collaborative involvement with town entities to help mitigate the effects from increased or damaging usage of the marsh and beaches, Ms. Traver McDougall said.
“I wanted to bring the community here together to elevate the level of understanding about what’s happening in the marsh, what studies are being done, and elevate the level of stewardship in the marsh,” Ms. Traver McDougall said. Read more …