In 2012 RCCD completed its third year of habitat restoration at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. This effort will not only have environmental benefits, but is expected to improve the quality of the park for recreation, aesthetics, education, and safety. Odiorne Point State Park includes some of New Hampshire’s rarest native ecosystems such as coastal pitch pine forest, dunes, salt marshes and barrier marshes; however, these habitats have become degraded over time due to historical disturbances and human impacts that have promoted infestation by invasive species. To date, RCCD has conducted work on 80 +/- acres within and adjacent to the park, including populations of at least three rare species.
Partners & Funders: NOAA/NHDES Coastal Program Grant, NHDRED Division of Parks and Recreation, NH Corporate Wetland Restoration Partnership, USDA Forest Service, University of New Hampshire, NHDES Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund, NH Department of Agriculture Markets and Food, Integrated Pest Management Grant, NHDRED Natural Heritage Bureau, Seacoast Science Center, Coastal Wetland Invasive Plant Partnership, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United Way Day of Caring volunteers, Town of Rye Conservation Commission, Timberland Earth Day volunteers, and many local schools. This project is also supported by funds from the sale of the Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) through the NH State Conservation Committee Grant Program.
Click the link below to learn more about the work done at Odiorne Point State Park 2009-2012
Storm tides affect the salinity and vegetation in the Coastal Salt Pond through overwash and seepage through the cobble berm.
Storm Tides 2012-2013