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EBC Ascending Professionals Committee Site Visit: Duxbury Beach Reservation – Dune Enhancement

September 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
High Pines

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Site Visit Details

Duxbury Beach is a dynamic environment with an ever-changing landscape.  The barrier beach system is shaped by the wind, waves, currents, and tides that constantly impact the shoreline.  While the Duxbury barrier beach has long served as a valuable recreational resource and critical ecological habitat, it also provides crucial storm protection to the mainland and the vibrant resources within Duxbury Bay.  Now, the potential acceleration of climate change, sea level rise, and increasing erosion inducing events are adding expanded pressure to the durability of the beach system.  With these mounting pressures, increased resiliency of the barrier beach is paramount.  Armed with an improved understanding of the coastal processes that influence and shape the Duxbury Beach landscape, Woods Hole Group and the Duxbury Beach Reservation technical committee developed and prioritized resiliency adaptations geared towards improving the overall resilience of the barrier beach system.

This EBC Ascending Professionals program focuses on the implementation of the first resiliency adaptation at Duxbury Beach, a 3,700 linear-foot dune enhancement project completed during the winter of 2018-2019 along one of the narrowest sections of the barrier beach and dune system.  The goal of this initial dune restoration was to increase the resiliency of the area between the first and second vehicle crossovers to the beach, while waiting for a longer-term, larger-scale regional beach nourishment project to be funded and constructed.  The project included the restoration of the existing dune system (extending for 3,700 linear-feet with a crest elevation of 17.0 feet NAVD88 and a width of approximately 50-feet), improvements to the existing vehicle crossovers, installation of drift-fencing, resetting of permanent symbolic timbers, and installation of nearly 250,000 square feet of American Beach Grass plantings.

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High Pines

This program will be hosted at a rustic outbuilding called High Pines on the back side of the barrier beach.  The facility has bathroom facilities, electricity, and WiFi, but no potable water.  Please plan accordingly.

Site Visit Safety

This program includes a visit to a recently completed project.  Please be prepared to walk for approximately 1-mile over loose sand and gravel.  Please bring along appropriate footwear, warm layers, and a rain jacket.

Driving Directions

It is recommended that program participants take Exit 11 off of Route 3, continue on Route 14 through the Town of Duxbury, and cross the Powder Point Bridge to access Duxbury Beach.  Once you have crossed the Powder Point Bridge, take a right and continue down the dirt access road for approximately 1 mile.  Please follow the signs to High Pines, which is located on the left-hand side of the road.    

Site Visit Chair:

  • Adam Finkle, Coastal Scientist, Woods Hole Group, Inc.

Site Visit Presenter:

  • Brynna McGlathery, Reservation Coordinator, Duxbury Beach Reservation

Event Details

Registration, Networking: 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Site Visit Presentation: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beach Site Visit: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Refreshments, Networking: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


EBC Members: Free
Non-Members: $15


Online registration is open until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23. Walk in registrations are accepted (no cash payments).
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.

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