Friends of Herring River Mission
Friends of Herring River is committed to restoring and sustaining the environmental vitality of the Herring River estuary for its multiple benefits to people and nature.
Friends of Herring River was incorporated in 2009 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Re-establishment of salt marsh plants
In the month since mulching finished for the season, native salt marsh plants have already begun to colonize the Duck Harbor over-wash plain. Maritime Orache (Atriplex acadiensis) and Salt Meadow Cordgrass (Spartina patens) hug a tree stump. Maritime Orache (broad...
Frequently Asked Questions
The Herring River Restoration project will revive 1,100 acres of tidal salt marsh that was highly productive before the dike at Chequessett Neck Road, installed in 1909, impeded the tidal flow, decimated the herring run, and caused general ecological degradation.
Herring River Restoration
The overall goal of the Herring River Restoration Project is to create a productive, natural environment that will sustain itself with improved water quality and a strengthened ecosystem by restoring tidal flow to the estuary.
Restoration Area Map
The Herring River Restoration Project includes multiple activities over a period of several years to eventually restore tidal flow and ecological functions to the degraded 890-acre former estuary.
In the Press
Chequessett Neck Road Bridge Construction Update – June 2023
NOAA Awards Herring River Restoration Project, Phase 1 – Town of Wellfleet: $14.6 million
Funding Source: Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants This investment will support the first phase of the Herring River Restoration Project, the largest salt marsh restoration effort in the Northeast United States. The project will help...
Recording & Slides of Herring River Project Phase 1 Update – Wellfleet Community Forum 4.13.23
View the Wellfleet Community Forum recording from April 13, 2023 - (at Chapter 2 of 3; 1hr 18 min timestamp) Carole Ridley, Coordinator, Herring River Restoration Project, provided a comprehensive Phase 1 Project Update. View the Phase 1 Project slides here. Wes...
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Friends of Herring River
PO Box 565
South Wellfleet, MA 02663