Building a Stronger Coast
Storm debris cleanup completed at eight Long Island wildlife refuges, preparing for marsh restoration this fall

Above the marsh at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where post-Sandy debris and fallen trees were removed to help the coast recover.

March 23, 2015 - Nearly 280 tons of post-Hurricane Sandy debris and 290 fallen trees have been removed from eight national wildlife refuges on Long Island, New York. The work will allow marshes to recover from storm impacts and provide healthier habitat for native wildlife. More than 30 workers were hired by several local companies to complete the project, which began last year. The work is supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Complementary marsh restoration projects are scheduled to begin this fall at Wertheim, Seatuck and Lido Beach units.

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Above the marsh at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where post-Sandy debris and fallen trees were removed to help the coast recover. Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS


Three Months as a Hurricane Sandy Youth Story Corps Intern

Student Conservation Association intern Brittany Bowker was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hurricane Sandy youth story corps, which provides communications experience to college interns.

March 10, 2015 -  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to provide real-world experience to students like U-Mass senior Brittany Bowker and U-Mass recent graduate Tom Barnes. In a recent blog post, Barnes details Bowker’s experience providing communications and outreach support for a range of environmental projects and on-site fieldwork related to Hurricane Sandy funded resilience and recovery projects.

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More blog posts by youth story corps intern Brittany Bowker


Student Conservation Association intern Brittany Bowker was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hurricane Sandy youth story corps, which provides communications experience to college interns. Credit: Margie Brenner / USFWS


Service invites public input to environmental assessment for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge marsh restoration project

View from above between the Prime Hook Beach community and Slaughter Beach taken after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the area targeted for tidal marsh restoration that will help protect nearby communities along Delaware Bay during future storm events.

February 23, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on its environmental assessment (EA) as it evaluates the restoration of a 4,000-acre tidal marsh at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along Delaware Bay. The EA will be available for public review and comment for 30 days through March 25, 2015. The project is supported by federal funding from the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Act.

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View from above between the Prime Hook Beach community and Slaughter Beach taken after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the area targeted for tidal marsh restoration that will help protect nearby communities along Delaware Bay during future storm events. Credit: USFWS


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Last updated: January 7, 2015