Calling all Volunteers
Sandy Hook, NJ - On Saturday, March 28 at 10 am the American Littoral Society, in partnership with the Borough of Bradley Beach, the Bradley Beach Environmental Commission, the Department of Public Works, and the Surfrider Foundation, will host a beach grass planting of approximately 15,000 plugs along a one mile stretch in Bradley Beach, NJ. Plants not used on the beach will be used along the banks of Fletcher Lake in the maritime forest.
The Society is issuing a call for volunteers to plant the grasses that will help anchor the dune system. Captain Alek Modjeski, Habitat Restoration Director of the Littoral Society and also a Bradley Beach resident, will lead the effort. He asks that volunteers "wear warm clothes and bring broom handles or dibble sticks and work gloves to plant." The event is rain or shine and registration will be held on the boardwalk at Brinley Avenue.
After the holidays, hundreds of Christmas trees were donated and used as a basis for the dune system. Littoral society Executive Director Tim Dillingham says, "We rely on the generosity of the public for not only donations such as the trees, but also for the valuable volunteer hours necessary to implement community-based projects such as a beach grass planting. Without this support from our members and the public, many of our programs and projects would not be possible." Over 2,500 members support the mission of the Littoral Society, which is in part to teach people how to become better stewards of our coast.
The Society is grateful to the Borough of Bradley Beach for subsidizing the cost of the plants, which is the next step in the restoration of the beach-front area following Hurricane Sandy.
For more information about the American Littoral Society or to become a member, please visit www.littoralsociety.org or call 732-291-0055.