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New Interpretive Panels Help Spread the Message of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Region 5, August 2, 2013
LMRD Biologist Susan Adamowicz shows where an interpretive panel describing salt marsh formation will be located.
LMRD Biologist Susan Adamowicz shows where an interpretive panel describing salt marsh formation will be located. - Photo Credit: n/a
Rachel Carson NWR intern Stephanie Petrus holds an interpretive panel she helped design.
Rachel Carson NWR intern Stephanie Petrus holds an interpretive panel she helped design. - Photo Credit: n/a

In order to reach out to our neighbors and visitors, the salt marsh Land Management Research and Demonstration (LMRD) project at Rachel Carson NWR is installing interpretive panels at strategic community locations. The panels tell the story of successful restoration projects and explain landscape changes unfolding right where people pass every day.
One of the new panels describes how an old agricultural dike was removed from a salt marsh on the Mousam River (Kennebunk, Maine) and how tidal circulation, and the marsh, will improve as a result. The panel will be placed along the Bridle Path which is very popular with walkers and cyclists. The location of the panel was carefully chosen to allow a clear view of the restored marsh directly behind the interpretive panel.
Another panel describes how salt marshes move over time, encroaching on forested uplands. This panel will be placed along a quiet road facing the Goose Rocks (Kennebunkport, Maine) “ghost forest” so walkers can see for themselves what we mean by “marsh migration”.
With the addition of these new interpretive panels, we continue to interact with our neighbors and visitors right where they are already spending time. The panels are just one way of spreading the Service message that we work hard with our partners to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the benefit of the American people... now and for generations to come.

Contact Info: Stephanie Petrus, 207-646-9226, stephanie_petrus@fws.gov