May 19th Marsh Planting
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM (EDT)
For months we have been working on the restoration of two marsh islands in Jamaica Bay known as Ruler's Bar and Black Wall. Those of you who wish to join us will have the privilege of being some of the very few people to participate in the first-ever community-led marsh restoration in a national park! Exciting, right?
May 19th will be the very first planting day open to the public, which makes your attendance even more special. Because this is the first day open to the public, we ask that families with young children choose to sign up for another scehduled planting day. This way we can assure the greatest amount of safety while working out in the field.
Please note, we will be leaving the sign-in area and heading to the marsh via boat. We will have an abundance of safety vests onboard. The trip will take only a few minutes, but may not be comfortable if you are not at least 50% okay with riding in a boat.
Individuals should only sign up if they are certain they will be able to participate.
Thank you again for donating your time and effort in our fight for Jamaica Bay. We can't wait to have you all join us!
When & Where
The Marsh Restoration Initiative
In Fall 2011, the American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers kicked off the planning sessions for the first-ever, community led, salt marsh restoration project in a national park. By Summer 2013, we were ready to plant 88,000 plugs of spartina alterniflora and distribute 200 pounds of locally harvested seed. As a result, over 33 acres of fragile tidal salt marsh islands were restored in Jamaica Bay. Over 500 volunteers harvested seed, ferried volunteers in their boats and then performed large-scale plantings on Ruler's Bar and Black Wall marsh islands, resulting in significant cost savings and hands-on engagement with this vital estuarine habitat. This is community pride and conservation at its best! We will continue to monitor and maintain the islands in the years to come, along with launching new habitat restoration projects throughout Jamaica Bay.
With funding provided by the NYS DEC, the American Littoral Society launched its first-ever Restoration Corps as part of the Marsh Restoration Initiative. Restoration Corps is an environmental leadership and green jobs training program for local high school students that teaches participants to enhance and restore the natural environment through shoreline and habitat restoration.
The Marsh Restoration Initiative is made possible through support from our partners at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Gateway National Recreation Area, US Army Corps of Engineers and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.