DNREC reminds public that ocean dunes in Delaware State Parks are closed to sledding, snowboarding

DNREC reminds public that ocean dunes in Delaware State Parks are closed to sledding, snowboarding

                                                                                                                                                                                          

dune sledding, cape henlopen
Dune Sledding in Cape Henlopen the launch point.
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DOVER (Jan. 21, 2016) – With possible heavy snow in the weekend forecast, the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation is asking the public to help protect the dunes in Delaware’s ocean parks by reminding residents and visitors that sledding in the dunes at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks is prohibited.

“The dunes are the state’s first line of defense during coastal storms, providing protection for the beaches and the communities that border them,” said Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police Chief Wayne Kline. “We want the public to know any activities that degrades or damages them – as sledding and snowboarding can – is against the law.”

Dunes also help to protect Delaware’s fragile coastal ecosystem. Sledding down the dunes can not only destroy the dune, but also hurts vegetation on the dunes that helps trap sand and ultimately stabilizes the dunes.

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