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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Treasure Coast Chapter Plants Coastal Restoration Project in Record Time

Over 50 volunteers and the Treasure Coast Chapter turned a bad situation into a positive community project. On August 20th, volunteers spent the morning planting native species on over 5 acres along State Road A1A in the Blind Creek Dune area of St. Lucie County.

Back in November the Chapter's big victory to remove incompatible dune material and due to the county's shortage of funds, the chapter had volunteered to replant sea oats to help secure the more acceptable dune project. While that plan didnt actually come to fruition, the area that the County had found extra sand to fix the project was covering over a mangrove forest. This area now needed some restoration, making it the next good candidate to be replanted.

In record time, the volunteers planted over 2,000 plants in under two hours. All of the native plants used, such as gumbo limbos, saw palmettos and sea grapes, either were rescued from land being turned into residential developments in St. Lucie County and kept at a special nursery maintained by county jail inmates, or bought using fees paid by developers.

Too many times projects and campaigns end of being re-active...this was a great opportunity to show just how proactive we can be.

See the PalmBeachPost.com article.


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