Why Fences are Built on Sand Dunes

18 Jan

Sand dune fences on the Outer BanksWhile in the Outer Banks of North Carolina I learned the answer to something that had always piqued my curiosity.

Why are there fences on sand dunes? Clearly not for marking territory…we’ll leave to the dogs (did I take it too far?).

Fences on the sand dune at the Outer Banks NCTurns out fences build up the dune. They create alleys for the wind to blow sand into and for plants to grow roots. To help the dune along, folks throw in Christmas trees because they collect sand quickly and fill a lot of space. Good tidings to you.

What factoid can you share about the beach?



One Response to “Why Fences are Built on Sand Dunes”


  1. How the Outer Banks Can Lure Even an Anti-Beach Person « Americana the Beautiful - February 13, 2012

    […] Christmas trees in sand dunes. Of course! […]

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