Crescent Elk students set the county record for dune restoration at school year’s end by removing the longest European beachgrass roots of 16 feet, 5 inches and 11 feet, 6 inches.
Crescent Elk students Cody Bailey, Ethan Price, Gabe Provencio, Sebastian Puente, Bernadette Cervantes, Aiden Anderson, Madeline Burtschell and Pedro Aguilar hold a 16½-foot beach grass root at Tolowa Dunes State Park. Photo courtesy of Sandra E. Jerabek / Tolowa Dunes Stewards
On a science class field trip these young people boosted ongoing efforts by California State Parks and California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to control this invasive alien grass that destroys native dune habitat for endangered plants, bees and birds. The trips are guided by Tolowa Dunes Stewards, a program of Smith River Alliance, with a grant from California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail License Plate program.