2013-06-14 / Community

Volunteers Descend On Jamaica Bay Marshes


Hauling the float to the marsh island in Jamaica Bay. Hauling the float to the marsh island in Jamaica Bay. On Sunday, June 2nd, 185 volunteers were ferried out by boats to Ruler's Bar marsh island in Jamaica Bay to plant almost 20,000 plugs of Saltmarsh cord grass (Spartina alterniflora).

Organized by the American Littoral Society and Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, the volunteers came from the Church of God (100 strong), the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Sebago Canoe Club, NYC Audubon, NYC Department of Parks, National Park Service, and several other groups as well as the general public.

Organizers were grateful to have some many helping hands. They also offered many thanks to the boat captains, Don Riepe, Dan Mundy Jr., Jackie Scanlon, Mike Tubridy, and TJ for “taking time out from fishing to bring the volunteers from Broad Channel to the marsh island.”

"It was an amazing sight" said Elizabeth Stoehr, program director for the Littoral Society, "The group spent long hours in the hot sun planting thousands of little Spartina plugs to help restore the marsh."


A smiling Church of God volunteer planting Spartina. A smiling Church of God volunteer planting Spartina. This is the first-ever community-led marsh restoration in a National Park.



Plant runners delivering flats of spartina plugs. Plant runners delivering flats of spartina plugs.

Spartina plugs planted by volunteers to restore the marsh islands and the health of the Bay. Spartina plugs planted by volunteers to restore the marsh islands and the health of the Bay.

Volunteers celebrate a successful planting day in Jamaica Bay Volunteers celebrate a successful planting day in Jamaica Bay

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