Succession is the observed process of change in the species structure of an ecological community over time. The Near Beach or Storm Beach is the area right at the water’s edge. Waves bombard this area preventing plants from taking hold. Slightly higher, the Mid Beach or Upper Beach is impacted less by the wind and waves. Hardy, fast growing, pioneer plants including Bugseed, Searocket, and Beach Grass grow in this area. The deep roots help to stabilize the sand, which enables low shrubs, like Creeping Juniper and Bearberry to take hold on the Far Beach or Foredunes. Plant diversity increases as you get farther from the shore, where slow growing, longer lived species such as trees are able to take hold.

 

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