The Clean Foundation is looking for some input on an upcoming coastal restoration projects along the Northumberland Strait.
The foundation received funding through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Coastal Restoration Fund to restore 15 hectares of saltmarsh along the coast in mainland Nova Scotia. The project is expected to span over five years, and the Clean Foundation is looking to the community to help identify potential saltmarsh sites to restore.
In partnership with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq’s Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, the foundation is hosting an engagement session with the hopes of gathering information on lost and degraded saltmarshes, barriers to tidal flow, stories from individuals about their experiences in and around saltmarshes, and how saltmarshes shape their lives and cultures.
The session, which is open to the public, will include an introduction to the project and mapping exercises to identify and track sites.
It’s set for the Tatamagouche Centre, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 6.
The public can also provide input through the Community Knowledge Survey on the Clean Foundation’s website. It will also be available at participating libraries, band offices, and other locations. Completed surveys will be entered into a draw for a $200 gift card to Canadian Tire.
The project will also build a repository of publicly accessible resources to support future restoration projects in the region, including geospatial and ecological data, and traditional indigenous knowledge on saltmarshes along the Northumberland Strait. The project will increase knowledge and capacity of local communities to conserve, monitor, and restore saltmarshes by engaging people of all ages through volunteer-based activities, hands-on training, and citizen science.