A group of citizens came together in the summer of 2008, bound by a shared commitment to the restoration of one of the largest impacted estuaries in New England: the Herring River Salt Marsh. Friends of Herring River was launched formally at the State of the Wellfleet Harbor Conference on November 15, 2008 and is a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. All contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The purpose of the Friends of Herring River is to promote education, research and public awareness of the Herring River estuary as one of critical environmental concern, to preserve the native environmental integrity of the river and estuary, to ensure habitat protection and retention of the native biological diversity and productivity of the river and estuary, to retain and enhance public access to the river and estuary, to preserve natural and historic sites, and to promote public awareness.
Friends of Herring River is pursuing this mission by undertaking the following activities:
- Informing and educating the public on the progress and key issues in order to build community-wide support for the project.
- Implementing outreach activities to ensure timely and effective public involvement in the restoration project.
- Supporting restoration objectives and worthy scientific, environmental, historical, educational and recreational programs by fundraising, volunteering and other useful activities.
In 2012, Friends of Herring River began submitting grant applications and was awarded grants to support project coordination and, from 2013 on, significant additional funding for the preliminary engineering and design of the replacement of the Chequesset Neck Road dike and further project activities.
Friends of Herring River is actively engaged in the planning for the implementation of the project, fundraising, public outreach and education as well as conducting the herring run count each spring.
Articles of Organization and Bylaws