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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Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.