Join us on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 pm for a presentation on Protecting Our Saltmarshes by Tom Kutcher, Wetlands Scientist with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. The presentation will last approximately one hour followed by a Q&A.
The event will take place in the Salem Family Auditorium at the Barrington Public Library, 281 County St., Barrington, RI. The event is free and open to all. A Zoom option is available for this event.
Tom will share his on-the-ground (and in the muck) experience with Rhode Island’s salt marshes. He’ll discuss the critical threats facing our salt marshes due to sea level rise and salt marsh restoration programs that are responding to that threat.
The presentation will provide insight into the condition of Barrington’s salt marshes and how the RI Natural History Survey’s research in these locations, carried out in partnership with RIDEM, Narragansett Bay Research Reserve, CRMC and USEPA, contributes to our understanding of salt marshes.
About Tom Kutcher
Tom Kutcher is a Wetland Scientist for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, where he works to develop wetland monitoring, assessment, and restoration protocols for Rhode Island’s state environmental agencies.
He is a recent co-author of the Rhode Island Salt Marsh Monitoring Strategy (2016) and principal author of the Rhode Island Coastal Wetland Restoration Strategy (2018).
Tom has developed and implemented wetland monitoring and assessment methods across Rhode Island, including for recent large-scale salt marsh restoration projects. Tom formerly worked as Stewardship Coordinator at the Narragansett Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, where he wrote the Habitat and Land Cover Classification Scheme for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (2008), and served as the Narragansett Baykeeper with Save The Bay and the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Tom lives and recreates along the shores of Narragansett Bay with his marine-biologist wife and two salty kids.