2013-05-24 / Community

Volunteers Help Restore Jamaica Bay’s Marshes


Dan Mundy, Sr. of Ecowatchers (on right) oversees removal of Spartina grass flats from float. Dan Mundy, Sr. of Ecowatchers (on right) oversees removal of Spartina grass flats from float. More than 100 volunteers and staff from the American Littoral Society and Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers spent last weekend helping, as part of a major effort, to restore eroding marshes in Jamaica Bay. They planted 6,850 plugs of Spartina alterniflora (saltmarsh cord grass) on Ruler’s Bar Hassock.

Ferried to the islands by boat, the volunteers from many groups including NYC Audubon, NYC Sierra Club, NYCDEC, FDNY Explorers, NYC Green Team, Linnaean Society of NY, and South Shore Audubon worked for several hours each day planting marsh grass.

The mission to restore the marsh is ongoing. The next opportunities to help plant the grass include: Saturday, May 25th from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sunday, May 26th from noon-4 p.m., and Sunday, June 2nd from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Volunteers should bring boots or just plan to get their feet wet. Anyone interested in helping out over the next two weekends should contact: www.restoremarshes,eventbrite.com or e-mail manclarke@gmail.com



Young volunteers from the FDNY Explorers and NYC Green Team helped plant marsh grasses in Jamaica Bay. Young volunteers from the FDNY Explorers and NYC Green Team helped plant marsh grasses in Jamaica Bay.

More than 35,000 plugs of Spartina alterniflora was stored on the American Littoral Society dock in Broad Channel for future transport to the island. More than 35,000 plugs of Spartina alterniflora was stored on the American Littoral Society dock in Broad Channel for future transport to the island.

Heave-Ho! Volunteers haul themselves out from the island to the waiting boats on a 10' x 20' float. Heave-Ho! Volunteers haul themselves out from the island to the waiting boats on a 10' x 20' float.

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