- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Access to the East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area Sand Trail in Charlestown has been restricted to pedestrian traffic only in an effort to protect piping plover nesting areas.

The Department of Environmental Management announced the closure Tuesday. The trail will be closed until a tentative date of June 25.

DEM says the piping plover, which is a small shorebird, is listed as threatened on both federal and state endangered species lists.

The agency says the piping plover chicks have been feeding and taking refuge along the sand trail. It says the trail will be reopened once the chicks are able to fly.

DEM says it will work this summer and fall to restore vegetation between the beach and the trail to reduce the likelihood of plovers using the trail in the future.

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