Palmer's Cove Lighhgouse in New Bedford Harbor, photo, New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Palmers Island Light in New Bedford Harbor. Photo New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

The City of New Bedford is seeking volunteers to assist in a 2-hour cleanup of Palmers Island, adjacent to the Hurricane Barrier, from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The City is also has plans to make Palmers Island more suitable for recreational use. A grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide funds for habitat restoration on the island. It will also include the cutting of trails and controlling unwanted vegetation, such as poison ivy.

Palmers Island was an important site during the Colonial era. In 1675, settlers built a garrison on the island to guard against raids by the Wampanoag during King Phillips War. Today it is home to Palmers Island Light.

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