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.
Salt Marsh Dieback on Cape Cod
Implementation of CACO's salt marsh Inventory & Monitoring protocols led to the discovery of large areas of vegetation loss within the Seashore in 2003.
Unbeknownst to NPS staff, something similar had also been found a year earlier in several marshes outside the Seashore (reported by R. Rozsa and S. Warren - see timeline link below).
What is salt marsh dieback on Cape Cod?
When did it begin?
What are the suspected causes?
How have vegetation losses affected the marshes?
Geography of dieback
Questions or comments - please contact:
Stephen Smith, Ph.D., Plant Ecologist, Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA, 02667; firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-487-3262x104
Did You Know?
The word “cranberry” originated as a contraction of crane berry, a name given to the plant by early settlers because the flower resembles the head of a crane.