Cape Cod Ξ Pilgrim Dunes/Reclamation

The dunes on the outer Cape are not entirely natural to the area. When the pilgrims arrived, they harvested the pitch pines, cedar, maple, cherry, and other trees which naturally grow on the Cape. When the naturally sandy soil of the cape is not bound by plant life it is free to be blown around by the wind. When wind blown sand encounters an object such as a piece of driftwood or mound in the land, it is deposited on the windward side of the obstacle and a dune forms. Over time the dunes can grow to upwards of 100 feet.

Conservation is now a very important part of life on Cape Cod. Much of the land on the upper cape is conservation land, and is slowly reverting back to it's natural, forested state.