- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Environmental officials have reopened part of Rhode Island beach that had been temporarily off-limits to protect young shore birds.

The Department of Environmental Management on Friday reopened parts of East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area that had been closed to protect endangered piping plovers nesting along its sand trails.

The Westerly Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1HnwE76) the open area is from the start of the sand trail to Camping Area I. Camping Area 2 could remain closed another month.

The DEM said there is still one pair of plovers that haven’t hatched. The beach remains closed until the young birds have safely hatched and are able to fly.

Before Superstorm Sandy, the beach had enough vegetation to protect the birds from vehicles and foot traffic. State and federal agencies are coordinating a dune restoration project to restore the habitat.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com

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