Fort Matanzas National Monument will be planting over 2,000 sea oat seedlings along the beach in an effort to rebuild the dunes naturally, and we need your help! Volunteers are needed! The dunes at Matanzas Inlet were severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew.
Sea oats are one of the most important species in the dune ecosystem. They help trap wind-blown sand, which is the first step in dune formation. Once the dune becomes established, sea oats’ extensive root system acts to anchor the dune in place. Besides its vital role in contributing to sand dune stabilization, the seeds of sea oats are a crucial food source for one of the rarest animals at Fort Matanzas, the Anastasia Island beach mouse.
Volunteers should be able to tolerate the hot and humid early-morning weather as well as bending, kneeling, and digging. We’ll also be picking up storm debris that was washed up by the high tides.
The park will provide tools, gloves, and water. Participants will be expected to bring a reusable water bottle and sun protection.
To participate, contact Ranger Kurt Foote at 904-471-0116 or firstname.lastname@example.org