Friday, February 15, 2008

Sea Oat Planting 2008

The Winter of 06/07 we were inspired to rebuild our sand dunes,after all we are the Dunes Community with the help of our winter guests, owners, staff, and locals. The hurricanes not only damage, homes and property but, damage natural environments. After the storms our beach for all intensive purposes was flat and almost without plants. All of our sand dunes were pushed under the houses, in the subdivision pool, and in filling in parts of the natural marsh area.
With all of the help mentioned above we were able to plant almost 400 plants last year. We all received a class from naturalist in the area on how to properly plant the sea oats, the we set off planting. The winter guests and owners had such a wonderful time and we saw a huge change in the beach in just one year's time that we decided to do another planting this year.
This winter our goal was to plant 1000 plants on our dunes. Through the continued generosity of our winter guests, homeowners, and employees we were able to do make this goal a reality. Not only were we able to plant 1000 plants. We were also able with special permission to plant about 3000 sea oat seeds. All of this planting resulted in sore muscles, and sun tans for our winter guests who gave up their days helping us plant. Hopefully it will produce a bumper crop of sea oats in the next few years and build our Dunes to heights unseen in the past.


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