The Dunes and Ocean Beach
On the ocean side of the island are the sand dunes. Sea oats and other grasses, vines like beach morning glory, and other salt-tolerant plants grow on the dunes and help stabilize them with their extensive root systems. These plants also provide cover and shade for the few hardy species which live here.
These grasses and dunes also act like styrofoam, giving a little, but mostly absorbing the force of storm winds and waves, thus protecting the island from storms. What might happen in a big storm in areas where the dunes have been destroyed or built on?
Please help protect the dunes in all coastal areas by not walking on them or picking dune vegetation.