Monitoring Plan for the DER Cranberry Bog Program

This project involves development of a standardized monitoring plan for physical, chemical, and biological monitoring of cranberry bog wetland restoration projects in DER’s Cranberry Bog Program. The plan is being developed by a team of Living Observatory researchers under a contract with the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration. We expect that the monitoring plan will be finalized on or before June 30, 2022.

Recent Updates

Visit to Windswept Bogs on Nantucket

By Glorianna Davenport on September 13, 2022
On September 8, 2022, Jess and Melissa from DER and I took the 9:30 ferry from Hyannis to Nantucket to visit Windswept Bogs, a DER priority project. The property is owned by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and Karen Beattie, the Foundation's Vice President of Science and Stewardship and Jenn Karberg, Director of Research and Partnerships. It was a perfect day, and we were able to visit most of the bog cells, pause for lunch at stump pond, and examine some plots that had been plowed and harrowed to explore possible surface treatments.

Visit to Upper Bass River with Kate, Jason. and team - May 23

By Glorianna Davenport on May 30, 2022
Kate, Jason, two Hannahs, Laurel, and Olivia completed a whirlwind tour and sampled all DER Cranberry Bog Program Properties. I caught up with the team on Monday, May 23 when they were sampling Upper Bass River bogs. On arrival the team split in two. I followed Kate and Olivia who collected 5 samples in an area that was quite wet, full of mature red maple, high bush blueberry, Clethra, sphagnum, and other wetland plant species. Jason with two Hannahs and the Gasmet unit for measuring greenhouse gases headed off to the second sampling area. This area, as it turned out, was very dry and full of greenbrier.


Jessica Cohn
Jason Andras
Kate Ballantine
Glorianna Davenport
Christine Hatch
Sarah Klionsky
Alan Kneidel
Brian Mayton
Chris Neill
Thilina D. Suransinghe
Lisa Schibley