Volunteer Dune Restoration

European beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria) was introduced in the mid-1800s and has since eradicated nearly all native dune plants, not only locally, but in coastal dunes from California to British Columbia. Volunteers are needed to help eradicate the grass.

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The Redwood Parks Conservancy invites the public to join the Tolowa Dunes Stewards for beach grass removal and dunes habitat restoration Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Tolowa Dunes State Park.

Pulling European beach grass is a moderate activity. Participants should wear sturdy shoes for walking in sand and dress in layers. Bring a hat, water and personal snacks. Gloves, light shovels and snacks will be provided.

Meet at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center at 2591 Old Mill Road in Crescent City. There will be a one-mile hike from the trailhead to the Big Dune through pine forests and coastal meadows.

Volunteers will be socially distancing as they work, so don’t forget a mask for when within 10 feet of each other.

To volunteer, contact Sandra Jerabek at (707) 954-5253 or jerabek@jeffnet.org.


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