Hampton-Seabrook Estuary Sand Dune Restoration, Phase I

NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension (NHSG/UNHCE) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) work to build coastal resilience to climate change and enhance landforms and wildlife habitat through the restoration of several dune habitats in the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary watershed. Vegetation is critical to the growth and the stability of dunes; therefore, a revegetation program engaging community members and NH Sea Grant’s Coastal Research Volunteers focuses on the impacted areas. Efforts to limit pathways for beach access through all project areas include extensive outreach, educational signs, and structural fencing to divert pedestrians to designated pathways. Local citizens are engaged throughout the project in order to accomplish on the ground restoration goals and to create a network of informed citizens and landowners.

Project Lead

New Hampshire Sea Grant and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension


New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program

Time Frame

Start: March 1, 2015
End: June 30, 2016

Dune planting (credit: Rebecca Zeiber, NH Sea Grant)