The Heritage Unit does not have a management plan or strategy that has been developed specifically for this site, although the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve does have broad goals for land stewardship, preservation of biodiversity, habitat restoration, education, and outreach.
Staff from the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve have used the Adaptation Workbook for this project area to help inform the restoration component of a revised management plan for the area (currently under development) to specifically acknowledge current issues, potential climate change impacts, and management strategies to consider for future action. The preservation and restoration of native vegetation and associated wildlife species are of particular importance for this project.
Specific management goals were to:
- Retain a majority component of this closed-canopy forest with current habitat characteristics.
- Limit replacement of under- and over-story vegetation by non-native invasive species.
- Support wildlife species that are dependent on this forest type.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
The Adaptation Workbook was used to identify some potential adaptation actions for this project, which are listed below. These will be considered further and may be implemented where resources are available.
5.1. Promote diverse age classes.
7.2. Maintain and create habitat corridors through reforestation or restoration.
5.2. Maintain and restore diversity of native species.
10.3. Realign significantly disrupted ecosystems to meet expected future conditions.