Building a Stronger Coast
Recovery, restoration & building coastal resilience
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge - Steve Arena

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Location: Eastern MA

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Resil Shield

Project: Protecting Property & Helping Coastal Wildlife - Enhancing Salt Marsh and Estuarine Function and Resiliency for Key Habitats on Impacted Wildlife Refuges

Location: Rhode Island to Southern Maine

Project Type: Resilience

Project status: In progress

Funding awarded: $4,150,000

Project Summary

This project will enhance natural coastal defenses to buffer effects of a changing climate for eight local communities, economies and wildlife that depend on healthy salt marsh ecosystems. These areas include more than 400 acres in key coastal areas of Rhode Island, 50 acres in coastal Massachusetts, 20 acres in New Hampshire and 50 acres in coastal Maine.

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Resil Shield

Project: A Stronger Coast - Three USFWS Northeast Region National Wildlife Refuge Projects to Increase Coastal Resilience and Preparedness

Location: Regional

Project Type: Resilience

Project status: In progress

Funding awarded: $2,060,000

Project Summary

The three projects included in this study are intended to identify vulnerabilities and strengths of over 70 miles of shoreline at coastal refuges, assess the integrity of over 30,000 acres of coastal marsh that protect adjacent shorelines and help preserve the species they support.

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Recovery hammer

Project: Repair Roads, Trails, Boardwalks, Refuge Buildings and Replace Informational Kiosk

Location: Sudbury, MA

Project Type: Recovery

Project status: Complete

Funding awarded: $23,750

Project Summary

This project will repair minor damage to gravel roads, trails, boardwalks and refuge buildings and replace an informational kiosk damaged by Hurricane Sandy, at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Repair damaged sections of trails, roads and boardwalks to restore refuge staff access and visitor opportunities to engage with wildlife
  • Repair minor damage to refuge buildings
  • Replace an informational kiosk

Project Benefits

  • Restores visitor and refuge staff access to damaged areas
  • Mitigates public safety concerns
  • Restores and updates informational kiosk

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy damaged many roads, trails, boardwalks, viewing platforms and other assets of the National Wildlife Refuge system that provide visitor access to natural areas. Maintaining opportunities for visitors to fully utilize publicly owned lands and fostering a deeper human-wildlife connection remain high priorities for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Last updated: April 11, 2018