The Block Island Times

Crescent Beach Dune restoration project seeks volunteers

Set aside March 30 to aid restoration before tourist season
Mar 10, 2013

Hurricane Sandy devastated the dunes on Crescent Beach from Surf Beach to Mansion Beach and a project is now underway to restore them before the 2013 tourism season.

According to the Woods Hole Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s “Coastal Dune Protection and Restoration” guidelines, the most effective and sustainable method to restore dunes is to install snow fencing to capture sand, which rebuilds the dunes. The installation of the snow fencing is planned as a community volunteer work day for Saturday, March 30.

A 50-foot roll of wooden snow fence with its wood poles and other hardware costs approximately $100. The goal of the Crescent Beach Dune Restoration Project is to purchase and install 100 rolls (5,000 linear feet) of snow fencing along the beach. As part of the group’s annual membership drive this March, the group is asking its members to purchase rolls or portions of rolls for the project.

The group is also seeking support from other community organizations and the community at large to purchase rolls of snow fence. Block Island Residents Association (BIRA) will then purchase the fencing and have it available for installation on March 30. The group hopes that residents will mark their calendars and join the event.

“It’s important that we install the fencing by the end of this month to maximize the restoration benefits for this summer. Accordingly, we need you to purchase your snow fence before March 30,” the group said in a press release.

The Crescent Beach Dune Restoration Project is a collaboration between BIRA and the Town’s Conservation Commission, which will purchase and install snow fencing along Crescent Beach and its accesses. For more information on BIRA, please visit


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