Resilience Taking Root in Coastal Zone

Dunes are the first line of protection against coastal storms, holding together the beach and protecting the homes and businesses behind them. Beach grass represents a good sand anchor and a critical component of a healthy dune system. But where does one find beach grass?

A project funded by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Coastal Program developed a dune restoration nursery. Volunteers planted more than 2,600 beach grass plants in a nursery garden at Hampton Beach State Park. These plants are being used to restore trampled dunes here and at other nearby sites. Fencing around the growing plants, additional signs educating park visitors about the restoration project, and designated paths will contain future foot traffic.

More Information: www.gulfofmaine.org/2/esip-monthly-journals

Partners: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Coastal Program, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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