Plum Island, a barrier island off Newburyport, Massachusetts, is facing major challenges. The inhabited northern part of the island has sustained serious coastal erosion, and some homes are in danger of being consumed by the Atlantic.
At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in the southern sector, federal officials are concerned that climate change might alter the environment and affect the health of birds that depend on the area as part of their migratory journey.
Yet the 11-mile island, with one of the most spectacular sand beaches in New England, remains a very popular destination. Houses continue to be built. Thousands visit each summer either as renting tourists or enthusiastic day trippers. It is the third most visited birdwatching destination in the country.
In this book by award-winning journalist Dyke Hendrickson, the history of the island is recounted and plans for improvement are outlined. Offering more than seventy striking color photos, it is a well-researched account of the background and current status of this cherished natural resource.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Dyke Hendrickson is an award-winning author/journalist living on the Merrimack in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This is his sixth book. He has always lived near the water, and newspapers for which he worked include the Portland Press Herald, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Boston Herald. His last newspaper job was as waterfront reporter for The Daily News in Newburyport. Earlier books were Nautical Newburyport and New England Coast Guard Stories. Other publications for which he has written include USA Today, the Boston Globe, and Tennis magazine. He is currently an outreach historian for the Merrimack River Watershed Council.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)