June 16, 2014
In October 2012, a massive storm surge from Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage to the eastern coast of the United States. In the weeks following the event, NFWF launched a fund to conduct rapid assessments of the ecological impacts of the storm and to support urgent
In a race against the clock, NFWF worked with partners to restore beaches critical to Horseshoe Crabs and the threatened Red Knot. The investment resulted in a critical remedial action for fish and wildlife. By May, beaches were restored in time for thousands of Horseshoe Crabs to lay their eggs and initiate a feeding frenzy for the migrating Red Knot.
In August 2013, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that NFWF would assist in administering the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program which will support projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. ( see Grant Program Overview )