U.S. Interior Chief stunned by Bull Island erosion

Fallen trees are thick on the beaches of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Steep beaches stand where there once were marshes and estuary buffering the forests. U.S. Interior secretary Sally Jewell visited the rapidly eroding Bull Island on November 20, 2013 while on a trip to discuss restoration of inland long leaf pine forests. The State reports:

Here, when she hit the beach area known as the Boneyard and saw how the ocean is reaching into the trees, she said, “Wow”.

“We should be paying attention to what we’re seeing on the ground, we should be learning from that, we should be listening to the science.”

Throughout the time she spent Wednesday at the refuge, she continued to point out that climate change is a reality that the country must deal with. Nowhere is that more noticeable than South Carolina, a coastal state that has experienced a one-foot rise in sea level during the past century, she said.

Read the article in full: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/11/20/2804118/national-wildlife-preserves-suffering.html

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