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31st Annual Beach Grass Planting will be held on March 19, 2022

(DNREC Jan 31, 2022) … Hello! We are planning the 31st Annual Beach Grass Planting! Our efforts this year will be focused on areas where dune repairs were made and to fill in other areas in need of grass. 

Prior to COVID each March since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have helped to build and protect Delaware’s sand dunes by planting Cape American beach grass on Delaware’s ocean and Delaware Bay beaches. Their efforts have been very successful in helping to re-establish the vegetation along our coastline. Our plan is to plant beach grass in various bare areas, to help stabilize new and existing dunes so that they may continue to grow.

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Beach grass growing after planting a year later.

The 2022 Beach Grass Planting will be from 9 AM to 12 noon on Saturday, March 19, 2022. If you and your family and friends are able to volunteer, please register online at:
http://de.gov/beachgrass
(If you have trouble reaching the registration site, please try updating your browser or using Google Chrome.)

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The event will be held with all current State and Federal COVID precautions and protocols in effect.  This is an outdoor event in which volunteers are able to easily put distance between those outside of their households.  Larger groups will be required to wear masks if not all members are within the same households and social distancing is not possible.  Shared tools and equipment will be disinfected.  Vehicle transport on the beach will not be available.  All conditions are subject to change.

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dune grass holds up better to wind, not wave wash eroding the dunes from underneath

Please note, that we will be planting in several areas and some require more volunteers than others. Also, even though an area is listed, it may not be ready for beach grass by the time of the event. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate if you made at least 3 choices in order of preference (1=most preferred, 5=least preferred). We will do our best to assign you to your first choice, but this is not guaranteed.

Please expect to get an e-mail confirming your registration and giving you your assigned site and other information about a week prior to the event.

If you do not wish to register on-line or have any questions about the planting, please give me a call at (302) 739-9921 or send me e-mail at Jennifer.Pongratz@delaware.gov .
Thank you in advance for volunteering!

Jennifer Luoma Pongratz
Environmental Scientist, CFM
DNREC, Division of Watershed Stewardship
Shoreline and Waterway Management Section

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