Restoration of Coastal Wetlands on the South Shore

Date: June 17, 2014
Time: 7-8 PM
Location: Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research

Jason Burtner

Jason Burtner

This is a free presentation seminar and discussion event hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston’s South Shore. The CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism.

General attendance and participation is complimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.

The 7th guest speaker of the seminar and discussion series is Jason D. Burtner, South Shore Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Jason Burtner will discuss the "Restoration of Coastal Wetlands on the South Shore".


Jason D. Burtner Biography:

Jason Burtner is the South Shore Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) which is part of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. He attended Boston University (BU) where he received Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Science and Biology with a Specialization in Marine Science. While at BU he participated in the Boston University Marine Program and spent a semester of concentrated study at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Jason received his Master’s degree from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He has been with CZM for the past 15 years where he works with communities, non-profit and local stewardship associations, as well as other state and federal agencies, on a wide diversity of coastal issues ranging from water quality and habitat restoration to harbor planning and storm damage resiliency.


Seminar Abstract:

Over the past several centuries nearly one third of Massachusetts’ wetlands have been destroyed or degraded. Conversion of wetlands for agriculture has resulted in significant and direct loss of wetlands. In urban and developed coastal areas, filling of salt marshes and tidal flats has added to these direct losses of critical habitat. Construction of transportation infrastructure, such as roadways and rail, have further altered and fragmented these interconnected ecosystems. These cumulative losses and impairments are significant as many of these wetlands provide ecosystem services such as storm damage and flood control values and are also vital breeding, nursery, and forage areas for numerous commercially and recreationally important fish species. In Massachusetts there has been a concerted effort on local, state, and federal levels to restore these areas. This presentation will overview the history of wetland loss on the South Shore and provide a number of local examples of how these areas are being returned to their previous vitality.