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Partners Behind a Stronger Coast: Scott Comings, Rhode Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Scott Comings directs a group of Brown University students during a migratory songbird banding on Clay Head, Block Island in Rhode Island. Credit: Heather Leslie, PhD, The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter Board of Trustees

July 27, 2015 - Scott Comings, a year-round resident of Block Island, Rhode Island, is channeling his conservation passion in his role as Associate Director of the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In partnership with the Service, Comings is overseeing Hurricane Sandy-funded projects in Rhode Island such as removal of White Rock dam on the Pawcatuck River. Eliminating the dam will reduce the risk of dam failure and flooding during future storm events, restore river connectivity and enhance fish passage while aiding in public safety. This project is supported with federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery.
 

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Scott Comings directs a group of Brown University students during a migratory songbird banding on Clay Head, Block Island in Rhode Island. Credit: Heather Leslie, PhD, The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter Board of Trustees


Massachusetts Students Pull Pepperweed for a More Resilient Coast

Last month, 4th through 6th graders from the River Valley Charter School helped pull invasive pepperweed plants from the salt marsh at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Credit: Frances Rodriguez/USFWS

July 10, 2015 - For decades, partners have been removing invasive species such as phragmites and pepperweed along the Massachusetts North Shore to restore salt marsh habitat that creates a natural barrier, protecting protects and communities from future storms and flooding. Last month, nearly two dozen students pulled 15 large bags full of invasive pepperweed from the Great Marsh in Newburyport. Hurricane Sandy recovery funds focused on restoring resilience to the Great Marsh will allow for a more extensive removal of invasive plants compared to prior years.

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Last month, 4th through 6th graders from the River Valley Charter School helped pull invasive pepperweed plants from the salt marsh at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Credit: Frances Rodriguez/USFWS


Living shoreline project under way at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in the Chesapeake Bay

Construction of a living shoreline made of more than 20,000 feet of sand rock structures begins this week along the Smith Island coastline at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.

July 2, 2015 –  Residents living near Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge on Smith Island in Maryland will benefit from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service living shoreline project to protect marshes at Fog Point, a coastal section of the refuge in the Chesapeake Bay. Construction of more than 20,000 feet of protective sand and rock structures will reduce erosion, provide habitat for aquatic species and help protect 1,200 acres of interior tidal high marsh against future storms. The living shoreline, supported with federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, will also enhance the natural defenses of saltwater habitats important to the island's soft crab fishery, a natural resource which the local residents of Smith Island depend on for their livelihoods.
 

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Construction of a living shoreline made of more than 20,000 feet of sand rock structures begins this week along the Smith Island coastline at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Credit: John Sauer/USFWS


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