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    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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  • Nauset Marsh Trail Footbridge Temporary Closure After Labor Day

    A small footbridge on the Nauset Marsh trail will be closed for repair for two weeks following Labor Day. Ask at the visitor center for detour information.

  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Plants-related journal articles and technical reports

Journal articles

Smith, S.M. 2008. Multi-decadal changes in salt marshes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts: a photographic analysis of vegetation loss, species shifts, and geomorphic change. Northeastern Naturalist (in press).

Forman, S.L., Z. Sagintayev, M. Sultan, S. Smith, R. Becker, M. Kendall, and L. Marìn. 2008. The 20th century migration of parabolic dunes and wetland formation at Cape Cod National Seashore, MA: Landscape response to a legacy of environmental disturbance. The Holocene, Vol.18, No 5, 765-774.

Smith, S.M., C.T. Roman, M-J. James-Pirri, K. Chapman, J. Portnoy, and E. Gwilliam 2009. Responses of plant communities to incremental hydrologic restoration of a tide-restricted salt marsh in southern New England (Massachusetts, U.S.A.). Restoration Ecology (in press)

Smith, S.M., M. Hanley, and K.T. Killingbeck. 2008. Development of vegetation in dune slack wetlands of Cape Cod National Seashore (Massachusetts, USA). Plant Ecology 194: 243-256.

Smith, S.M. 2007. Removal of salt-killed vegetation during tidal restoration of a New England salt marsh: effects on wrack movement and the establishment of native halophytes. Ecological Restoration 24:268-273.

Smith, S.M. and S. Warren. 2006. Determining ground surface topography in tidal marshes using water marks. Journal of Coastal Research 23: 265-274.

Smith, S.M. and K. Lee. 2006. Responses of periphyton to artificial nutrient enrichment in freshwater kettle ponds of Cape Cod National Seashore. Hydrobiologia 571:201-211.

Smith, S.M. 2004. Manual control of Phragmites on pondshores of Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, USA. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 43: 50-56.

Smith, S.M., R.R. Abed, F.Garcia-Pichel. 2004. Biological soil crusts of sand dunes in Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, USA. Microbial Ecology. Technical Reports

Smith, S.M., K. Fiedler, and H. Bayley. 2008. Assessment of Vegetation in Permanent Freshwater Ponds of the Province Lands, Cape Cod National Seashore, 2007. NPS Report. Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA.

Smith, S.M., 2007. Assessment of Vegetation in Forested Vernal Wetlands of Cape Cod National Seashore - 2006. NPS Report. Cape Cod National Seashore. Wellfleet, MA. Smith,

S.M. 2006. Dune grasslands vegetation monitoring, 2005. NPS report. Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA.

Smith, S.M. 2004. 2003 Salt Marsh Vegetation Monitoring Report - Cape Cod National Seashore. NPS Report. Cape Cod National Seashore. Wellfleet, MA. Illustrated Guide to Salt Marsh Plants and Animals

Did You Know?

Cape Cod

In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.