Susan Quateman


There is a ray of sunshine in the climate change science story, which is being examined by The Nature Conservancy: climate change resilient landscapes. A resilient landscape has enough biological and microclimate diversity so that nature can adapt and survive within a continually changing climate. Happily, the quarry landscapes of Halibut Point, Dogtown and the North Woods area fall into the TNC category of some of the most resilient places within the North Atlantic Coastal region. The varied landforms with steep elevational changes – the rocky coastland, upland forests, and water-covered quarries – create microclimates that provide temperature and moisture options for wildlife and plants. These microclimates buffer the wildlife from the effects of climate change. The undeveloped lands serve as a stronghold for the natural habitats of the quarry landscape, providing a reprieve from some of the effects of global warming.

Resilient Quarry Landscapes of Cape Ann

The key to sustaining these buffers is human behavior. Can we effectively preserve the quarry landscape so that , hundreds of years hence, we can enjoy the same maritime and pine forests, the low-lying swamps of red oaks, white ash and tupelo along with the black locust, black cherry and honeysuckle?
These are the questions raised by my silk paintings and Les Bartlett’s photographs of the Cape Ann Quarry landscape and climate change resilience.