Effect of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on backshore vegetation and beach development : beach impact study, Padre Island National Seashore : final report

Behrens, E. W. (Earl William), 1935-
Carangelo, Paul D.
Finkelstein, H. S.
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Vegetative differences between heavily and very lightly trafficked beaches show that more beach traffic correlates with quantitative decreases in variety and density of plants and with declines of grasses relative to forbs. The vegetated portions of all beaches continue to grow in volume. However, this is at the expense of the more seaward (more trafficked) parts of the beaches and has lead to overall loss of total beach volume except where vehicular traffic is prohibited. The very lightly trafficked beach is the only study site wherein the entire beach to mean sea level has grown. The effect of these trends on resistance to storm surge erosion remains to be tested.

Prepared for Office of Natural Science, Southwest Region, National Park Service, under contract CX700050448
30 April 1976