Friday, July 16, 2010

The dark side of beach grass removal

The European beach grass has been vilified over the last decade or so and serious and expensive efforts have been directed at its eradication. Words like invasive, exotic, non-native and so on have been used to solicit support and donations for its removal.

The fact is that this plant is one of the most popular and effective methods for stopping dune movement and erosion and therefore is used throughout the world. It was planted here as early as the late 1800s so that homes and business, roads and rails as well as the Coast Guard station could be developed and protected from the relentless eastward march of the wind driven coastal dunes.