Climate change adaptation efforts at the local level can help build support among Extension clients as well as improve resilience of natural systems. Marsh migration models of tidal wetlands in Connecticut show inland movement where conditions are suitable. Property owners, however, are frequently opposed to allowing marsh migration of cultivated lawns and gardens. We provide an example of development of a marsh migration buffer on a recently acquired land trust parcel adjacent to tidal wetlands as a local climate adaptation technique. Monitoring and education efforts are ongoing, with emphasis on local outreach. Similar strategies can be applied elsewhere.
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Barrett, J., & Balcom, N. (2020). Moving With the Marsh: Encouraging Property Owner Adaptation to Marsh Migration. The Journal of Extension, 58(6), Article 19. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.06.19