Block Island Times

Protecting the dunes

As we head into a bustling summer season, it is important to keep our coastal structures in mind — specifically the sand dunes.
Sand dunes, or beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata), are mounds of sand formed by the wind and ocean, providing habitats and protection for plant and animal species. Grown in unpredictable marine environments (high wind speeds and changing tides), sand dunes have adapted to constant sand burials. They are natural barriers from environmental factors, protecting coastal communities from storms and beach erosion. Being a natural barrier, they absorb the impact of environmental conditions,

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