The Reserve actively manages the properties in its care to allow for appropriate recreational and research uses while protecting natural, historic, and cultural resources. Special consideration is given to habitats identified as vulnerable or at risk, such as sand plain grassland communities, and areas used by anadromous fish and New England cottontail rabbits.
Protected Species Management
The Reserve currently has an organized approach for monitoring and managing protected species and their habitats. For example, competing plants are mowed or burned in order to allow rare plants to flourish. Shorebirds are protected by closing areas to human activities and by artificially protecting nests from natural predation.
Due to the maturation of forest lands within the Reserve, increasing impacts from changes in local and regional climate, and sea level rise, the Reserve plans to undertake an ecological vulnerability assessment. This assessment is intended to identify habitats and communities that are most at risk from predicted changes in climate and sea level rise and to identify management, protection and restoration strategies to mitigate these risks.