Building a Stronger Coast
Recovery, restoration & building coastal resilience
Winter at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge - Ward Feurt/USFWS

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Wells, ME

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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 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 Boardwalk and Building Roof

Project Type: Recovery

Project status: Complete

Funding awarded: $19,000

Project Summary

This project will repair damages to a section of boardwalk on the Carson Trail and a refuge building roof at Timber Point, at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Repair facilities to restore staff and visitor access

Project Benefits

  • Restores staff and visitor access
  • Mitigates public safety concerns

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