Coastal Wetlands: “A Carbon Bank in Our Backyard” Talk Set For June 1st

FALMOUTH- The Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program will highlight the importance of carbon buildups in our wetlands that could impact our eco-system during a talk set for next month.

In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the importance of carbon capture in coastal wetlands. As a result, research on the topic is rapidly expanding to investigate both the environmental and economic implications of this natural carbon bank.

The talk, facilitated by US Geological Survey Coastal Biogeochemist Dr. Kevin Kroeger, and Research Scientist Dr. Meagan Eagle Gonneea, will examine the state of our salt marshes, sea level rise impacts, and how different ecosystems are responding.

The presentations will also highlight what local research is revealing and what it means for wetlands conservation and restoration, climate change mitigation, and coastal resilience planning. The seminar will end with discussion on the value of coastal wetlands to local communities and highlight important take-aways that can inform the work of local officials and resource managers.

The talks will get underway on Friday, June 1st from 10:00AM-12:30PM at the Waquoit Bay Reserve Visitor Center on 131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit.

By JOHN BONDAREK, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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