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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Recreation Enhancement - Mobile Street Boardwalk Restoration

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$1,189,899

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Recreational Use

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

This project will replace a public boardwalk and trailhead parking lot at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (BSNWR) and enhance directional and informational signage to facilitate public use, consistent with BSNWR's Comprehensive Conservation Plan and visitor use objectives. The Mobile Street boardwalk and parking lot, a much-loved local beach access point, typically hosts 57,000 annual visitors. This heavy use and several hurricanes over the years have degraded this infrastructure. US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has completed numerous repairs to keep the boardwalk open. However, with declining BSNWR staff and the dunes starting to reclaim that area, it has become more difficult to maintain a safe, accessible boardwalk to the beach. USFWS has been able to maintain the site to allow the boardwalk to remain open but continued degradation could lead to closure. USFWS, in collaboration with BSNWR, will replace the boardwalk with a recycled composite board material that has a longer life span than wood in harsh coastal environments and will be easier to maintain. Access and erosion issues in the nearby public parking lot will be addressed. The replacement boardwalk will be 6 feet wide and approximately 500 feet long. A larger platform toward the north end will facilitate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant access. The boardwalk's height will be variable, most likely between 0 to 10 feet above the ground surface, designed to meet ADA criteria, and will allow for clearance of the existing dune system. Final heights will be guided by engineering surveys. Two benches, serving as resting places for visitors and persons w...click on "More Info" link below

Contact

Charmaine Pedrozo
(904) 713-5902
charmaine_pedrozo@fws.gov
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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