Masthead Friends of Good Harbor

Welcome to Visitors

Welcome on behalf of the Friends of Good Harbor, an organization of volunteers affiliated to foster environmental preservation, restoration, and enhancement of the Good Harbor beach and marsh and its watershed.  This web site is designed for sharing information and enhancing communication among members and volunteers as well as providing an introduction for persons wishing to learn about the friends association.  The site also features extensive information about the beach, the marsh, and the surrounding area of Gloucester and Cape Ann.  Comments and expressions of interest may be sent to FOGH by clicking on the Contact Information link in the left sidebar.

News Stories

New Look Coming to Good Harbor Beach

Good Harbor Welcome SignGood Harbor Beach is getting a face lift. By spring, new welcome signs will greet visitors at major entrances to the beach, and new rules signs will appear at all pedestrian paths to the beach. Also, the kiosks with bulletin boards will be refurbished and kept current with announcements and news....

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Salt Island Purchase Agreement Expires

The Directors of the Friends of Good Harbor regret that seller and buyer could not reach a final accord on the purchase of Salt Island and wish to thank the many public officials and private citizens who offered support and pledged generous funding for the project. It remains the hope of FOGH and all who joined in this effort that Salt Island will be preserved in the future for public enjoyment as it has in the past for generations of children and families.

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Storm Damage at Good Harbor Beach

The coastal storm of March 8 hit Good Harbor Beach hard. It broke the footbridge from its sidewalk connection making it impassable, eroded and pushed back the sand dunes, and flooded the concession stand and bathrooms...

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Proposal to Monitor Ocean Rise at Good Harbor

Salem Sound Coastwatch has submitted a proposal to the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation for monitoring salt marshes sea level rise in partnership with Maritime Gloucester and the Friends of Good Harbor.  A tidal gauge monitoring station would be installed at the Harriet Webster Pier in Gloucester Harbor and data would be gathered by monitoring the Good Harbor salt marsh on an on-going basis.  The goal is to identify strategies for restoration or mitigation to protect and improve the ecological functioning of the salt marsh.

The overall cost of the project is $31,000, of which the grant will provide approximately $11,000.  Both FOGH and Maritime Gloucester will contribute in-kind support to the project.  FOGH intends to contract with SSCW for salt marsh monitoring this summer and there will be opportunities for volunteers to participate in monitoring the marsh environment and, if the grant is funded, sea level rise.  Grant awards are expected to be announced in June, 2013.

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About the Friends of Good Harbor

The Friends of Good Harbor began in the summer of 2010 as an informal group concerned about the conservation of the marsh and the preservation of the beach.  Representing three neighborhoods abutting Good Harbor - Brier Neck, Old Nugent Farm, and Witham Street - and comprising no more than a dozen persons, priorities were identified and action plans were formulated.  FOGH is now incorporated as a non-profit association in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Interested persons are welcome to join as members.  Elsewhere on this site, the Association is explained and the projects are described including exciting results already being accomplished.


Friends of Good Harbor, Inc.  PO Box 3145  Gloucester, MA 01931