Since 2014, habitat management at Napatree Point in Watch Hill Rhode Island, has focused on the resiliency of the native plant communities present on this varied sand spit lying between Block Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay. Funding provided in 2014 and 2015, through the Coastal Resources Management Council’s Habitat Restoration Fund, along with support from the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute and the Watch Hill Fire District, enabled the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, with the assistance of the Habitat Stewardship Collaborative’s Youth Conservation League and nearly 100 volunteers, to pull invasive species and plant 1,265 native coastal dune plants within disturbed portions of the dune. The plantings included shrub, vine, grass, and herbaceous perennials, all of which were propagated from wild seed, collected locally. This program is part of our series, Habitat Restoration Challenge. It was rescheduled from June.
On site tour and discussion will be led by Hope Leeson, botanist for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and coordinator of their RINHS Rhody Native™ Program.
Participants – minimum 7, maximum 15
Fee – $10.00; $5.00 RIWPS members
Advance registration required.