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MA - Dune restoration part of coastal resiliency

(Feb. 6, 2020) Jen Karberg looks at a map of the coastal dune just south of Millie’s Bridge in Madaket. It’s an area that had been part of Hither Creek and an adjoining salt marsh only three years ago, before a washover in a series of winter nor’easters buried nearly three acres at the southern tip of Hither Creek in sand two yards deep.

There had been moorings. There had been a private dock. Now they’re covered in sand.

“The salt marsh isn’t going to come back on its own, so what can we do for restoration?” said Karberg, research program supervisor with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.

“There are dune plants already re-colonizing the dune. Instead of trying to turn it back to what it was, let’s help it become what it’s trying to become. Can we successfully establish a stable dune?”

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