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Sandy restoration projects underway at Parker River Refuge

Wildlife biologist Nancy Pau explains ditch remediation techniques that will contribute to a marsh restoration project at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Margie Brenner/USFWS

July 17, 2014 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with partners at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Massachusetts to restore the Great Marsh and help it to recover from damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Efforts work to control the spread of invasive plant species and repair agricultural ditches dug in the early 1900s. Another project restores native habitat for migratory birds, resulting in dense coastal shrubland which serves as a key source of food and shelter for many species. At the same time, ongoing research studies assess the health in the 27,000-acre Great Marsh to help guide future restoration efforts, offering increased protection to six coastal communities and wildlife habitat.

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PHOTO: Wildlife biologist Nancy Pau explains ditch remediation techniques that will contribute to a marsh restoration project at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Margie Brenner/USFWS
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Recovery on track at coastal Maine’s Rachel Carson Refuge

PHOTO: Wildlife biologist Kate O’Brien explains the plant nursery procedure for shrubs destined to help restore the coast at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

July 7, 2014 - The Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy funds are starting to take root at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge—literally. A healthy living shoreline, made up of brush that can absorb storm surge, is essential to both the refuge and North Atlantic Coast’s plans for a habitat that is resistant to the impact of future weather events, as well as increasing protection for coastal communities. Thanks to the funding for the project, the Maine portion of 50 acres of shoreline is finally starting to take shape, not only protecting existing natural area but building a new habitat to support vulnerable and threatened species such as the New England cottontail rabbit. While refuge wildlife biologist Kate O’Brien acknowledges that it takes years for the shrubbery (much of which has been individually planted and nurtured by a local volunteer corps) to mature into the full-blown bushes the refuge would like to see, it’s an encouraging start.

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PHOTO: Wildlife biologist Kate O’Brien explains the plant nursery procedure for shrubs destined to help restore the coast at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: David Eisenhauer/USFWS


USGS launches Hurricane Sandy website

PHOTO:  Oblique aerial photographs of Neponsit, New York, looking northwest across Rockaway Peninsula, adjacent to New York Harbor. Sand was washed from the beach into the streets, and towards the bayside of the island, and several rows of ocean-facing houses were destroyed or damaged. Credit: USGS

June 27, 2014 - The U.S. Geological Survey has launched a new website that is a centralized source for USGS scientific publications, data, news and images related to Hurricane Sandy. The site also provides shared public information on coastal change; coastal elevation mapping; hydrology and storm surge; ecosystem impacts and environmental quality/contaminants. Visual elements of the site include Sandy before and after photos, extensive aerial photography and before and after LIDAR topography of New York’s Fire Island.

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PHOTO: Oblique aerial photographs of Neponsit, New York, looking northwest across Rockaway Peninsula, adjacent to New York Harbor. Sand was washed from the beach into the streets, and towards the bayside of the island, and several rows of ocean-facing houses were destroyed or damaged.
Credit: USGS


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Last updated: July 15, 2014