Spring 2015 Beach Plum Planting – Dune Restoration/Stabilization Project

2015 beach plum volunteers

Saturday, April 4, 2015 ; 10am – Noon 

GREEN TEAM HOSTS THIRD BEACH PLUM PLANTING FOR OUR DUNES

The Green Team will host a native beach plum planting event and is looking for volunteers to help plant 100 beach plum seedlings at designated dune areas on Saturday, April 4th from 10 am to noon. Rain or Shine. Anyone interested is encouraged to come out and take part in the planting.

The Green Team and volunteers will meet at the south end of the island at Renaissance Cove and Ocean Drive West. Renaissance Cove is between houses 32 and 34 Ocean Drive West. Volunteers will receive information regarding seedlings, and planting equipment. Street parking available. All volunteers should wear appropriate clothing, footwear and bring gloves and shovel.

The Green Team and volunteers will plant beach plum seedlings at dune areas where dune stabilization is needed most. The event will mark the second Green Team’s beach restoration and dune stabilization efforts at Brigantine’s popular beach.

This is the third round of beach plum planting on the dunes. Green Team members have been monitoring the growth and to date, the results have been better than expected (as usually, only 50% of seedlings survive).

As with the first and second round of planting, Jalma George from Jalma Farms in Cape May County donated the seedlings and her time and planting expertise. The plan is to continue this dune restoration each Spring and Fall until we have built up the dunes and established the trees.

Beach plums are native plants whose environment is characterized by low-nutrient and low-water-holding soil, high winds, blowing sand, unstable substrate and high salt levels. The excellent conservation and erosion-control beach plum can grow in poor soil, persevering in a seemingly hostile environment while providing dune stabilization for a sensitive eco-system.

Please call Green Team Volunteer Bob Schailey at 610-279-9027 if you have a question or need more information.  Come out and participate in this family-friendly event on Saturday, April 4th.

 

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