Building a Stronger Coast
Recovery, restoration & building coastal resilience
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Middletown, RI

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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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Project: Rehabilitate Sachuest Point Roads

Project Type: Recovery

Project status: In progress

Funding awarded: $451,250


Project involves burying 7,000 feet of utility lines from Surfers End to the Sachuest Point NWR.

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Media coverage - June 22, 2016

Project Summary

This project will repair damages to roads at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Restore access to wildlife areas

Project Benefits

  • Restores staff and visitor access
  • Mitigates public safety concerns

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy scattered debris across the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Ninigret, Sachuest Point, John H. Chafee, Block Island and Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuges. The hurricane also flattened trees and damaged roads, buildings, trails and dikes, and knocked out electrical power. The refuge complex's five units comprise nearly 2,400 acres of coastal wetland and play host to over 400 native and migratory bird species, including 15 rare or endangered species which utilize the Block Island unit.

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Last updated: April 11, 2018