Coastal Habitats

A Guide to Planting Along the Connecticut Coast

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This 22-page guide lists native trees, shrubs and vines that are appropriate for planting in Connecticut’s coastal zone. It includes a map of that ecoregion and characteristics of each species, such as tolerance to salt water and salt spray, with light and soil requirements. Download here in PDF.

Publication Number CTSG-11-03

A Planting Guide for Riparian Sites Along the Connecticut Coast

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Juliana Barrett and Rachael Cleveland
This 8-page pamphlet, published in 2009, describes some of Connecticut’s coastal habitats, the functions and values of riparian buffers, and how to plant a riparian buffer. Such buffers can minimize the impacts of polluted runoff on water quality and coastal habitats. Free print copies while quantities last. Please add $1.25 for postage, or simply download here in PDF.

Publication Number CTSG-09-12

The Vegetation Mosaic of Ragged Rock Creek Brackish Tidal Marsh, Connecticut River, Old Saybrook CT

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William H. Moorhead III, Cary Chadwick, Sandy Prisloe, Juliana Barrett and Nels Barrett

This study used the detailed plots-based floristic descriptions of traditional phytosociology to inform scenes of high resolution imagery to characterize and map, in detail, the brackish tidal wetland plant communities of Ragged Rock Creek. An emphasis was placed on providing a baseline geographic context for plants of conservation and management interest, i.e., both state-listed plants and invasive plants. The results provided a baseline vegetation assessment and map prior to invasive Phragmites australis (common reed) control and restoration by onsite re-vegetation.

Published by Connecticut DEP. Download here

Salt Marsh Plants of Long Island Sound

Wrack Lines - no coverR. Scott Warren, Juliana Barrett, and Margaret Van Patten
This 38-page guide provides an overview of salt marsh habitats in the Long Island Sound region, including 23 individual plant descriptions with color photos and line drawings. It has a centerfold depicting marsh habitats and the location of salt marsh plants within the marsh.

Publication Number CTSG-09-14 and Arboretum Bulletin 40.

Single copies are FREE to K-12 educators (write on letterhead); please include $1.75 postage per copy. for others, $5.00 per copy plus postage. Please make checks payable to Connecticut Sea Grant. Call for bulk orders, and we will estimate shipping charge.


Guide to Understanding and Providing Public Access to Connecticut’s Coast

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Connecticut’s coastline is one of the most densely populated in the nation, with about 3,235 people per square mile of shore. Yet 80% of the shoreline is privately owned. This pocket-sized, 18-page booklet is intended to serve as a guide for town planners and municipal officials. Topics include the public trust doctrine, the importance of status of public access to coastal areas in Connecticut, and steps that should be taken in planning such access. It includes definitions of relevant terminology, contacts for coastal zone management information, a discussion of the legal “takings” issue, and the difference between lateral access and perpendicular access. There is also a reference list for further reading.

Publication Number CTSG-03-01
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Clean Waters Fact Sheet Series

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Various Authors
Clean waters begin in YOUR home and yard. This series of 11 fact sheets compiled explain what to do about household cleaners, native landscaping, water conservation, pet waster, responsible boating, etc. Intended to accompany an educational presentation by the same name by Heather Crawford and the NEMO team, for the Northeastern United States region.


Single copies free while supplies last or download PDFs.
Entire set in attractive folder, $2.50 (Postage charged for bulk orders)


Research in New England Marsh-Estuarine Ecosystems

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R.A. Orson, R.S. Warren, W.A. Niering, and M. Van Patten
Tidally influenced wetlands and marshes are complex and valuable components of the coastal and estuarine environments, yet we lack baseline knowledge for conservation, restoration, and management decisions. This volume contains discussions from a 1997 Connecticut College workshop attempting to assess the status of marsh-estuarine systems and available restoration technologies. 62 pp.  Publication Number CTSG-98-03 with Postage: $2.00 To receive a copy, send an email to: Office manager