The majority of Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest saltwater marsh complex, has been negatively impacted by man-made ditches, which have drained the marsh, lowering the natural water table and reducing the number of permanent pools on the high marsh. In spring 2002, the re-creation of 46 acres of open water habitat by modifying existing ditches and re-creating pools was completed. The new permanent pools on the high marsh will become home for widgeon grass, aquatic invertebrates, mosquito eating saltmarsh fish and waterbirds including black ducks and glossy ibis.
This is the first of many saltmarsh restoration projects to be completed by the Friends of Scarborough Marsh and its partners including - Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Gulf of Maine Program, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Maine Corporate Wetland Restoration Partnership, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Maine Habitat Restoration Partnership, and Maine Audubon Society.
Ducks Unlimited and partners celebrated their conservation partnership via a dedication ceremony and Greenwing plaque unveiling for the Seavey Landing Salt Marsh Restoration. The plaque with the names of participating Greenwing Legacy members will permanently remain on site. This restoration will benefit wildlife and improve the local economy by commercial and recreational uses. Travelers on the Downeaster train form Portland, ME to Boston, MA can enjoy this spectacular view of this marsh as it travels through Scarborough, ME – check it out!