National Seashore to Present Discussion of Changing Outer Cape Landscapes

EASTHAM – Residents and visitors to Cape Cod will be able to take a visual journey next month through the changing landscape of the Outer Cape.

The Cape Cod National Seashore presents “Mapping the Changing Landscapes of Outer Cape Cod” with Mark Adams on August 8.

Adams, who lives in Truro, has been the seashore’s geographic information specialist since 1993, specializing in monitoring coastal change.

He is also a writer and landscape painter.

During the program, attendees will learn how to use observations from historical maps, paintings, GPS and satellite images to document landscape history and understand future trends.

Adams will also provide insight into his pursuit of several landscape change questions, like: How fast are shorelines retreating and growing? How has habitat changed for wildlife in modern times? What are we doing to protect fragile wetlands and kettle ponds? How do we reconcile early landscape descriptions from colonial narratives with Cape Cod of today? Will our shared vision of the nature of Cape Cod still be here for future generations?

The program is part of the annual “Tuesday Nights at Salt Pond” series, which is held weekly in July and August at 7 p.m. at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. The programs are free and accessible to everyone.

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