More Effects of Beach Driving

KINGSTON, R.I. (May 20, 2004) — When off-road vehicles drive on beaches, they can reduce the number of creatures living on the beach by as much as 50 percent, according to a recently completed three-year study by a University of Rhode Island graduate student.

“The effect of traffic on the beaches is significant,” said Jacqueline Steinback of East Falmouth, Mass., who studied the creatures living in and around the wrack — the vegetation that accumulates at the high tide line — on the beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore.