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Scott Comings directs a group of Brown University students during a migratory songbird banding on Clay Head, Block Island Credit: Heather Leslie, PhD, The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter Board of Trustees

Scott Comings’ conservation path began with a year-long, outdoor education program in ninth grade. Today he channels his passion for the natural world as Associate Director of the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In partnership with the Service, Comings is overseeing Hurricane Sandy-funded projects in Rhode Island such as removal of White Rock dam on the Pawcatuck River.

This summer, 4th through 6th graders from the River Valley Charter School help pull invasive pepperweed plants from the salt marsh at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Pepperweed pulling isn’t just alliterative; it’s a way students are removing the invasive plant from the Great Marsh in Massachusetts, making room for native grasses to create habitat for wildlife and a more resilient coast.

Work at one of the restored beaches, Kimbles Beach. A wheel loader fills the rubber-tracked dump truck. Credit: Eric Schrading/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hurricane Sandy investments support the President’s Climate Action Plan goal of making communities more resilient to increasingly intense storms predicted with a changing climate.

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