VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REPLENISH THE ATLANTIC OCEAN SAND DUNES WITH BEACH GRASSES
Here is a letter from Jennifer Luoma, from DNREC, explaining the volunteer program. I hope you can all join in this year!
An Open Letter from Jennifer Luoma (DNREC)
"Hello! Even though it is only January, we are planning the 25th Annual Beach Grass Planting. Our efforts this year will be focused on the newly reconstructed dunes north of the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park.
"Each March since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have helped to build and protect Delaware’s sand dunes by planting Cape American beach grass on Delaware’s ocean and Delaware Bay beaches. Their efforts have been very successful in helping to re-establish the vegetation along our coastline. Beach nourishment that took place as a result of Hurricane Sandy has rebuilt the dunes north of the Indian River Inlet to protect Route 1. Our plan is to plant beach grass in that area, so the dunes may start to stabilize and build again.
"The 2014 Beach Grass Planting will be from 9 AM to 12 noon on Saturday, March 22, 2014. If you and your family and friends are able to volunteer, please register online at:
"Please note, that we are focusing all efforts on the area north of Indian River Inlet. In years past we have been able to give volunteers choices as to what areas to plant, but this year we do not have that to offer. If you register, you will be assigned to the north side of the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park.
"If you do not wish to register on-line or have any questions about the planting, please give me a call at (302) 739-9921 or send me e-mail at Jennifer.Luoma@state.de.us.
"Thank you for volunteering!"