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Public Informational Presentation and Co…

On May 12, 2014, we are holding a public informational presentation and conversation about the design and implementation plan for the Tidmarsh Farms Wetlands Restoration at the John Alden Club 16 Minuteman Ln, Plymouth, MA 02360 6:30 p.m.

Administrator 23 Apr 2014 Restoration Newsfeed

Handheld Infra-Red Survey Hydrologic Inv…

Handheld Infra-Red Survey Hydrologic Investigation

By Danielle Hare

 

Infra-Red is a cool new method that can determine changes in infra-red radiation, or heat radiation. It is used for police searches, medical imaging, night vision devices, building energy losses, among many other important applications! At Tidmarsh we use infrared to map the temperature of water at the site to determine locations of groundwater springs, which will help find suitable habitats for poikilothermal species (cold-blooded animals) particularly fishes.

Water temperature is an important indicator as it affects the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of an aquatic environment. Aquatic species rely on constant temperatures to regulate metabolism, internal nervous systems controls, and reproduction among other processes. If members of a species find themselves in an environment that is outside their optimal temperature range they experience immense stress and reproduction declines; at lethal temperatures, death. Temperature affects chemical balances: with an increase in temperature there is a decrease in solubility of oxygen and increase in the toxicity of certain pesticides and heavy metals.  The temperature of groundwater discharge varies little through time in comparison to the surface water. Groundwater discharge zones are thus very important for healthy ecosystems and habitat creation.

The hydrology group of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, led by David Boutt, has been monitoring the temperatures in Beaver Dam Brook in order to understand these dynamics at Tidmarsh Farms. Numerous hand-held infrared surveys were completed in various seasons to assess locations of groundwater discharge: these locations have temperatures ranging, annually, from 9.5-11.5 C (49-53 F) in Manomet, MA. Surface water temperatures, by comparison, can have extreme variation daily and seasonally ranging from around freezing to 30C (86F). Infrared cameras view ‘light’ (electromagnetic waves) that have less energy than our visible red light: infrared electromagnegtic waves have a longer wavelength than our visible electromagnetic waves. A warmer...

Danielle 16 Apr 2014 Restoration Newsfeed

2/25/2014 Town Hall

7:30pm – Town Hall, Conservation Commission

Alex Hackman of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration will present an overview of the project for the Commission.  This is an informational presentation made in advance of a permit application (expected in April).  A discussion will follow to address any questions of the Commission.

Location: Town Hall, 11 Lincoln Street, 2nd floor, Plantation Meeting Room

Administrator 24 Feb 2014 Restoration Newsfeed

USDA-NRCS Funds Wetland Restoration

Wetland restoration to begin soon at Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth

Project will benefit the environment and local economy

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (September 27, 2013) – One of the largest ecological restoration projects ever undertaken in Massachusetts will soon begin at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Encompassing 250 acres of degraded freshwater wetlands, including 192 acres of former commercial cranberry bogs, the project will protect and restore a substantial area of critical habitat in this coastal watershed.

Private landowners; federal, state and local agencies; and non-governmental organizations are partnering on the project which will generate significant benefits for both the environment and the local economy.

In 2010, a permanent conservation easement was placed on 192 acres of cranberry bogs and wetlands through the NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). WRP is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore, protect and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agriculture.

Comprehensive wetland and stream restoration work is planned at Tidmarsh Farms in an effort to holistically restore ecological processes to the retired cranberry bog system, which includes the headwaters of Beaver Dam...

Administrator 07 Oct 2013 Restoration Newsfeed

Live connection to Tidmarsh!

Live connection to Tidmarsh!

First continuous streaming audio from Tidmarsh Farms, as part of the Living Observatory initiative.

Visit Tidmarsh Live.

Administrator 09 May 2013 Living Observatory Newsfeed

Tidmarsh Sounds at Sunrise

Tidmarsh Sounds at Sunrise

50 seconds of sunrise at the Tidmarsh Farms, future site of a restored watershed and ecological education center.

Visit Wicked Local: Plymouth.

 

Re-run in Patriot Ledger

Visit Patriot Ledger.com.

 

Beaver Dam Watershed Restoration: Tidmarsh Farm and Living Observatory coming into focus.

In the early morning, if you stand near the headwaters, down in the rushes, as the spring mist rolls over the water and the blackbirds sing, you are as close as anyone has come for nearly 200 years to what the Beaver Dam watershed was like before it was constrained by commerce.

Visit Wicked Local: Plymouth.

Administrator 09 May 2013 Restoration Newsfeed

Volunteering

Coming up soon: Clean-up day for Fresh Pond connection.

If you would like us to update you via email, please fill in the form under "Contact Us"

If you have time and interest in volunteering let know that as well.

Glorianna Davenport 22 Aug 2012 Restoration Newsfeed

Link to Living Observatory Brochure

Link to Living Observatory Brochure

Living Observatory is beginning to take shape!

Download our brochure to better understand how Living Observatory compliments the Tidmarsh Farms/Beaver Dam Brook Restoration effort.

"eBird users: Please use the eBird hotspot, "Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth"

Glorianna Davenport 23 Jul 2012 Living Observatory Newsfeed

Butterfly Club visited Tidmarsh

Butterfly Club of Massachusetts visited Tidmarsh (see attachment for species list).

Administrator 30 Jun 2012 Living Observatory Newsfeed

Breeding Bird Count

June 2012: Breeding Bird count - During June we completed the first breeding bird count on the property. Our thanks to volunteers Robert Buchsbaum and Mark Faherty of Mass Audubon, Stew Sanders, Paul and Linda Williams of Manomet (see attachment for list).

Administrator 04 Jun 2012 Living Observatory Newsfeed

Prof. Boutt commences on-site research

Prof. Boutt commences on-site research

April 2012 David Boutt, Professor in Geosciences at University of Massachusetts-Amherst commences on-site research and holds classes for students from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College. Boutt uses recent geophysical methods to monitor hydrologic processes for quantifying fluxes between groundwater and surface water. At Tidmarsh, he proposes using fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS) to temporally monitor temperature variations along the length of the stream today and in the future channel.

Prof. Boutt's students learning about GPR. Photo credit: D. Boutt

U of Mass participants lay DTS fiber, 04/14/12. Photo credit: G. Davenport

U of Mass participants lay DTS fiber, 04/14/12. Photo credit: D. Boutt

Mark (U of Mass) captures a Bobolink, 06/25/12. Photo credit: G. Davenport

Administrator 14 Apr 2012 Living Observatory Newsfeed

Plymouth Conservation Commission

508-747-1620 x139

Notice is hereby given simultaneously in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) and the Town of Plymouth Wetlands Protection Bylaw, that a public hearing will be held at PLYMOUTH TOWN HALL, 11 LINCOLN STREET, PLYMOUTH, MA, PLANTATION CONFERENCE ROOM, 2ND FLOOR on:

DATE: SEPTEMBER 27,2011

DAY: TUESDAY

TIME: 7:55 PM

APPLICANT: TIDMARSH FARMS, INC., HENRY EVANS SCHULMAN, PRESIDENT

PARCEL ID NO: 075-000-0001 C-OOO

PROJECT LOCATION: 137 BARTLETT ROAD

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A notice ofIntent for the post-facto drawdown of Beaver Dam Pond by the removal of flume boards from the main spillway of the dam impoundment. The pond will remain drawn down in preparation for a complete stream restoration project, to be filed separately.

The project file may be reviewed in the Conservation Office, 11 Lincoln St., Plymouth MA 02360.

Any person wishing to make comments may do so.

 

PLYMOUTH CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Evelyn Strawn, Chairperson

 

Administrator 21 Sep 2011 Restoration Newsfeed

Join our Bird-a-thon

Sunday, September 18th.

Meeting time: 7:30 AM.

Meeting location:  the Red and White Farm Stand opposite 85 Beaver Dam Road.

:: Bring your Binoculars

Administrator 16 Sep 2011 Living Observatory Newsfeed

Plymouth Conservation Commission

508-747-1620 x139

Notice is hereby given simultaneously in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) and the Town of Plymouth Wetlands Protection Bylaw, that a public hearing will be held at PLYMOUTH TOWN HALL, 11 LINCOLN STREET, PLYMOUTH, MA, PLANTATION CONFERENCE ROOM, 2ND FLOOR on:

DATE: SEPTEMBER 27,2011

DAY: TUESDAY

TIME: 7:55 PM

APPLICANT: TIDMARSH FARMS, INC., HENRY EVANS SCHULMAN, PRESIDENT

PARCEL ID NO: 075-000-0001 C-OOO

PROJECT LOCATION: 137 BARTLETT ROAD

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A notice ofIntent for the post-facto drawdown of Beaver Dam Pond by the removal of flume boards from the main spillway of the dam impoundment. The pond will remain drawn down in preparation for a complete stream restoration project, to be filed separately.

The project file may be reviewed in the Conservation Office, 11 Lincoln St., Plymouth MA 02360.

Any person wishing to make comments may do so.

 

PLYMOUTH CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Evelyn Strawn, Chairperson

 

Administrator 09 Sep 2011 Restoration Newsfeed

The Manomet Current

The Manomet Current posts an article about the informational meeting we held for the Manomet Village Steering Committee on March 23, 2011 to discuss the proposed Tidmarsh Farms/Beaver Dam Brook restoration project .

 

Glorianna Davenport 01 Apr 2011 Restoration Newsfeed

Information Meeting

Manomet Village Steering Committee Information Meeting

Re: Tidmarsh Farms/Beaver Dam Brook Restoration Project

When: March 23, 2011, 7 - 9 PM

Where: Moose Lodge, 601 State Road, Manomet

Administrator 25 Feb 2011 Restoration Newsfeed

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Please check back for upcoming events.

Administrator 10 May 2010 Living Observatory Newsfeed

This Month on the Farm

December January 2016

Mass Audubon has launched a campaign to establish the

Tidmarsh Nature Sanctuary, Click the link for more information massaudubon.org/tidmarsh


To see the video Click the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFsJTcuK9VE


Visit Tidmarsh virtually

tidmarsh.media.mit.edu

 

Visit Living Observatory's new website

LivingObservatory.org

 

Visit Bog People

halseyburgund.com/projects/bog.html

 

11 Oct 2014 Administrator

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