The Block Island Times

Progress with Crescent Beach Dune Restoration Project

By Block Island Residents Association | Mar 18, 2013
Photo by: Barbara Temple A newly protected access path to the beach

We are very happy to announce to the Block Island community that we have virtually met our goal of raising funding for 100 rolls of snow fencing with which our Crescent Beach access points will be delineated and made into snaking sand-catching shapes, and with which sand will be caught and kept on the dunes, and dune access will be prevented.  After about 200 years of research, snow fencing has been found to be the best known method of dune preservation. This project grew out of a request from John Hopf and Ned Phillips, Jr., of the Block Island Conservation Commission, who had already started some of the work, but who needed more materials and workers.  So we asked our members, and anyone else we could reach via email and this website, for donations, and they responded immediately.  The Roosa Fund also granted our application for $5,000 funding for 50 rolls of fencing, so, with about 45 rolls given from the community, we now know of funding coming in for roughly 95 rolls.  We are very grateful for the rapid response to our need to get the fencing up by the end of this month, in order to result in the greatest benefit for our upcoming summer season and beyond.  Please join us when we help the Conservation Commission to put up the fencing on March 30th starting at 9:00 a.m. at Fred Benson Beach!


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