This is a picture of dunes in Narragansett. (WLNE)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE)– As you head to the beach this summer season, understand you are going into an unique location. Beyond the sun and the sand is an universe in a fragile balance. The glue that holds everything together is the dunes.

Dunes are multi-functional structures. For us, the dunes are a crucial layer of security from wind, storm rise and seaside flooding. They secure organizations and houses.

Dunes are likewise houses themselves to numerous animals that reside in beach turf.

The distinct nature of dunes makes them vital to any healthy seaside environment. Their value can not be highlighted enough in the security type disintegration of seaside locations.

Through a network of roots and stems, they keep the sand in location, however it’s a vulnerable system. The primary hazards to the dunes are storms, foot traffic and plant poaching. And here’s where you can assist.

According to Dr. Christine Ramsay from Mitchell College, remain on courses and boardwalks when strolling through dunes and do not take beach plants house. After all, they have essential work to do.