Building a Stronger Coast
Sierra Magazine highlights Interior, FWS Sandy recovery effort

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July 14, 2016 -- An article in Sierra Magazine provides an overview of the Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy recovery effort to restore natural defenses to protect wildlife and people from the impacts of future storms. The article features FWS Northeast Region Scientists Rick Bennett, who talks about the value of these restoration efforts and their benefits to local communities. It also highlights FWS' $38M marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Credit: Sierra Magazine

Reducing Impacts of Floods and Wildfires at Great Dismal Swamp

The 2011 Lateral West wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp NWR. Credit: Greg Sanders/USFWS

July 13, 2016 - Floods and wildfires are natural occurrences in the forested wetlands of Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. But these events have significant consequences on wildlife, habitats and nearby communities – such as flooding damage and the health impacts of air pollution.

While these events can’t be prevented entirely, their effects can be lessened. Work is now underway on a project to install, repair or replace 12 water control structures that will help refuge managers better regulate water levels for fire suppression, habitat management and flood risk to nearby communities.

With the likelihood that floods and fires will increase under climate change, strategies like this one can help people and nature adapt to a changing world.

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The 2011 Lateral West wildfire at Great Dismal Swamp NWR.
Credit: Greg Sanders/USFWS

Discover "New Jersey’s Hidden Coast" Video Series

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

June 28, 2016 - You’ve heard of the Jersey Shore, but do you know about New Jersey’s other coastline?

The Delaware Bayshore is the focus of a new video series by the American Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife. The series takes viewers to this “Hidden Coast” where the waves are gentle, the beaches expansive and the wildlife abundant.

Every two weeks a new episode airs that explores this extraordinary bay system – from horseshoe crabs and their relationship to the rufa red knot and other migratory birds, to living shorelines and oyster reefs, to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall just 30 miles from the Hidden Coast.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked closely with partners like the American Littoral Society and Conserve Wildlife to strengthen and restore coastal areas such as the Delaware Bayshore to better withstand impacts of future storms.

Watch episode 1
Watch episode 2
Watch episode 3
Catch all the episodes on the American Littoral Society’s website.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: Laurel Wilkerson / USFWS

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