American Littoral Society Earth Day Event - April 15th
HIGHLANDS, NJ —The American Littoral Society invites members of the public to observe Earth Day 2012 by helping to restore dunes on Sandy Hook. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive Asiatic sedge from the dunes and to plant American beach grass. The event will take place on Sunday April 15th from 10 am to noon on Sandy Hook in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Highlands, NJ.
In addition to the dune restoration work, American Littoral Society staff will be on hand to advise participants about other ways they can help protect New Jersey’s coastal areas.
This event is the culmination of the Society’s annual beach grass planting program in which 1,000 New Jersey school kids learned from Society educators about dune ecosystems and grew their own beach grass in the classroom. The students will also be planting their beach grass on Sandy Hook dunes on Sunday. The planting is scheduled for one week prior to Earth Day to meet the needs of the beach grass plants.
Teens and adults are invited to help remove highly invasive Asiatic sedge, which is crowding out native American beach grass on Sandy Hook and other beaches up and down the Jersey Coast. Tools and instruction will be provided. There will also be American beach grass plants for younger children to plant.
This project was made possible with funds from the Stone Foundation of New Jersey and the Mary Owen Borden Foundation; with in-kind support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Cape May); and in partnership with the National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit.
The American Littoral Society is a membership-based coastal conservation non-profit headquartered on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ. Since 1961 it has promoted the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same through advocacy, education, and conservation. To learn more about the Society visit www.littoralsociety.org.