Dear Littoral Society Members and Supporters:
The power of our coastal community and the beauty of our coastal environment remain evident even in the midst of this enormous public health crisis. Though we are separated for a time, many draw hope and strength from memories of time spent together on boardwalks and beaches watching waves and wildlife.
In this time of social distancing, many are rediscovering how important it is to have open spaces where we can walk, listen and breathe with family or in solitude. That this comes with the advent of Spring, with its traditional themes of life renewed, brings added joy and melancholy.
For those involved with the Littoral Society, the coast and its wonders unite us because we have worked together to protect and restore them. We build reefs and living shorelines, tag fish and horseshoe crabs, take walks and do cleanups because we want to share our enjoyment of bays, estuaries and the ocean while also preserving those experiences for future generations.
Like everyone, the American Littoral Society staff and volunteers are facing health threats, economic hardship and uncertainty about when this crisis will ease. But we can't stop fighting to protect the coast from climate change and pollution, because the threats continue.
We are continuing our work to care for the coast during this crisis. Many of our programs are exploring how to continue their coastal conservation work through virtual workshops, Zoom meetings and social media. We continue to advocate for climate aware policies to protect coastal wildlife and communities. Working with local communities, we are making plans to install "green infrastructure" to reduce pollution going into waterways. We are connecting with partners - new and old - to plan our next steps in restoring coastal habitats, confident that our important work will soon continue in earnest.
Most importantly, we are striving to stay connected to you, our members and our most faithful coastal conservationists. We can't do what we do without you.
Remember the words of Rachel Carson, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
We wish you and yours good health and strength in these uncertain times, while looking forward in anticipation of the day we can come together again.
~ Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society