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In this study, Maryland Sea Grant and partners sought to understand the challenges coastal farmers and woodlot owners in Maryland and Virginia face because of increased flooding and salty soils. The results of this study will be used to help inform what research, training, or resources would be most helpful to the agricultural community in the future. Participants had the opportunity to speak directly to decision-makers about their concerns and try to build solutions.
Farmers and woodlot owners in Maryland and Virginia are facing increased challenges as coastal flooding and salty soils are negatively impacting their land. Adapting to these challenges may require different strategies to manage land under saltier or wetter conditions. This project aimed to better understand the factors that are most important to farmers and woodlot owners as they make decisions concerning ongoing management of their farm and/or woodlots in the face of increased flooding and saltier water. The insights gained from this project will show agricultural partners and researchers what assistance is most relevant to farmers’ needs. We learned about sea level rise impacts seen on study participants' lands, their challenges to current management strategies to resist or adapt to environmental changes, and their top ranked suggestions to address policy and research gaps. More information can be found here. Full findings are currently under peer-review.
Causes and effects of saltwater intrusion on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore
Friend or foe? Phragmites and other wetland plants in the coastal slosh zone
See slides here: CBSSC workshop Phrag friend or foe.pdf
Drainage Practices on Coastal Agricultural Lands
Assessing and Remediating for Salty Soils
Conservation Easement Opportunities through Natural Resources Conservation Service
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This free workshop is made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People grant #ICER-1940218