Salt marshes are flooded and then drained by tides. The soils beneath the salty or brackish water are deep mud and peat, which is made from decomposing plant material. These conditions give rise to a lush carpet of grasses, rushes, and sedges animated by the winds and waves. These plants can tolerate both high and low tides.
Notably, the threatened Diamondback Terrapin find their homes in New England salt marshes, including here in Hammett’s Cove. These Terrapins have been in decline because of loss of habitat and nesting sites. This loss is caused by development, and by the effects of climate change including flooding, sea level rise, and erosion. Protecting this land as wilderness means these terrapins will find a home here for as long as nature allows.