March 24, 2016 | Number of The Day
Number of dune-grass plants volunteers will put in at Island Beach State Park this Saturday

Looking to do something over the long weekend? Why not volunteer to help protect one of the jewels of New Jersey — Island Beach State Park. Join more than 300 participants who are expected to turn out to plant a record 40,000 American Beachgrass plants on Saturday, March 26.

Volunteers with AmeriCorps New Jersey, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Friends of Island Beach State Park, and others will plant from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of the park’s largest volunteer planting effort. Participants will meet at Ocean Bathing Area 1.

“The annual dune grass planting program is one of the most popular volunteer efforts at Island Beach State Park, bringing together hundreds of volunteers to help strengthen the dune system while making the beach even more beautiful,” said Mark Texel, Director of the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry.

“Dune grasses are vital to protecting the island because they hold the dunes together with their web-like root systems,” added Jen Clayton, park manager at Island Beach State Park.

To volunteer for Saturday’s effort, please email Lindsey Sigmund at ambassadorwma13@gmail.com. Sigmund is the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador for the Barnegat Bay Watershed.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 2.