26th Annual Beach Grass Planting scheduled for Saturday, March 21!
We are currently surveying the beaches for planting needs and making arrangements to have the beach grass ordered and delivered for the big day. DNREC would like to invite all volunteers who would like to join us on a Saturday morning and plant beach grass! The planting will be on March 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Registration for this year's beach grass planting has now closed. But DNREC reminds all volunteers under the age of 18 years old who have already registered that they must print, complete and have a parent or guardian sign the parental consent form and bring it with you on the day of the planting.
If you wish to be put on our e-mailing list for future beach grass plantings, please e-mail Jennifer Luoma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the beach grass planting:
Volunteers are the backbone of Delaware's shoreline stabilization. Every spring since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have stabilized Delaware's sand dunes by planting more than 5 million stems of Cape American beachgrass along ocean and bay beaches.
Sand dunes are more than beautiful! Sand dunes provide protection against damaging coastal storms by absorbing wave energy. Sand dunes offer protection by acting as major sand storage areas which replenish sand to eroded beaches during storm events. Without sand dunes, storm waves rush inland and flood properties.
Dunes are unstable - subject to the ravages of wind and water. Beachgrass helps build and stabilize dunes. Blades of grass help trap wind blown sand which can create new dunes and expland existing dunes.
To promote new dune growth and to help protect inland properties from the ravages of flood waters, we must limit – and sometimes prohibit –people and vehicles from crossing dunes in all but designated areas. Especially as applies to beachgrass, which has thick, brittle stalks that can easily be broken and destroyed by pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Please help conserve Delaware's beaches by telling friends and family about the importance of beachgrass, and reminding them to stay off of the dunes.
If you have questions about beach grass planting, or would like additional information about it, please call (302) 739-9921 or e-mail your questions to Jennifer.Luoma@state.de.us.
Also, please visit: Dune Protection and Improvement and Barrier Island/Sand Cycle to learn more about beach and dune preservation.
Photos by Jennifer Wheatley