Dune Management

Sand Fencing


The Town maintains a thriving, protective dune ecosystem. Dunes serve a number of functions, including:

  • trapping and stabilizing windblown sand
  • acting as a critical protective storm buffer that can reduce flooding and wave damage during heavy storms
  • providing a healthy habitat for plant and animal species. 

The Town’s dune system must be actively managed to balance engineering, recreational, aesthetic and maintenance needs. 

Each year, as their budget allows, the Dare County Shoreline Management Commission provides funding to its municipalities for sand stabilization. The Town installs sand fencing with this funding based on where it is needed the most. Budget constraints may determine the resources available to continue offering this service.

For more information on the Town's dune management program, contact Public Works Office Manager Karen Heagy at 252-449-4203 or at karen.heagy@nagsheadnc.gov.

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Christmas Tree Disposal

Placement of Christmas Trees on the Oceanfront

If you are a Nags Head oceanfront property owner or if your group is collecting trees to place on the beach, please FIRST contact Engineering Technician Kate Jones, at kate.jones@nagsheadnc.gov or 252-449-4209. Just like sand fencing, tree placement must be completed in accordance with regulations to limit effects on wildlife.