Thursday, May 30, 2013

Filmed in Arcata community forest

Hyundai ad

Poison from pot grows looked at in owl deaths in Humboldt County

Dune Building with Slats and Beachgrass on Cape Cod

24" high sand fencing had been successful in stabilizing
and collectingsand on small scale, Bayside restoration projects.
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management - If you are looking for some defense against the winds, waves, and flooding that continuously batter and eat away your coastal property, American beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata) is your plant. This hardy, salt-tolerant, native grass has strong, fast-growing underground rhizomes (root-like underground stems). The rhizomes spread beneath the sand and give rise to many new plants, helping to stabilize sands. Beachgrass also tolerates salt spray and occasional wave overwash, drying winds, low nutrients, heat, and excessive sunlight, and grows well in sandy soils, making it ideal for coastal use. But maybe the best thing about beachgrass is that it helps to develop, build, and maintain dunes.

This is an important image, taken the second week of December 2010,
illustrating integration of 24 inch collection fencing with zig-zagged
pedestrian access pathway. Once the system was in place, we waited
for a storm. (Barrier Beach Dune Restoration, Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
We had received reports that our fending was "gone," an upsetting thought.
As I walked up the pathway I had to agree the fencing appeared to be gone
...but then I noticed the fending only seemed to be gone, because it was
actuallyburied beneath two feet of collected sand... our system worked
We randomly inserted the single slats into the sand, spacing them 8-10" apart
We were stunned at the results of this random experiment.
Once we had restored enough geomass profile to thwart over-wash,
we set up community beach grass planting events to begin the
transition to a sustainable system. Some elevations had
increased by 12 feet in a period of 14 months
Barrier Dune Restoration Develops Innovative Strategy -

Thank you to all who contributed to this year's Annual Beach Grass Planting! -

The Shoreline and Waterway Management Section would like to thank the many volunteers who came out on March 23, 2013 to plant Delaware's coastal dunes with Cape American Beach Grass. We would also like to thank for their support of the annual beach grass planting the Delaware Mobile Surf Fisherman, the Indian River Inlet Life Saving Station, the Children's Beach House, Pepsi Co., Masley Enterprises, Inc., Giant Foods, Safeway, Outdoors Delmarva and Delaware State Parks.

Also, please visit: ◼ Dune Protection and Improvement and ◼ Barrier Island/Sand Cycle to learn more about beach and dune preservation.

Redwood National Park to close two trailhead roads

Longer Walk to Some Redwood Park Trails - Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg/The Journal

Redwood National Park is closing two unpaved roads, starting on Monday, June 3, saying it doesn't have the money to maintain them properly.

Hikers and cyclists will still be able to use the roads to reach their favorite trails, but driving to those trailheads is out.

Redwood National Park to close two trailhead roads - Tom Stienstra/SF Chronicle

Monday, May 27, 2013

Kinetic Grand Championship dunes crossing

(Above: Dennis Mayo saves the day.)

(UPDATING) LoCO’s 2013 “Take That, KHUM!” Kinetic Grand Championship Coverage!!!

Pac Man ran into some trouble in the dunes and was one of a few sculptures that got a courtesy tow from Humboldt County’s favorite Republican Dennis Mayo and horse (see photo).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Earth Day Beach Grass Plantings

A short video about the replanting of ammophila on the east coast after super storm Sandy. It is a slightly different type of ammophila the kind they compared to the European type we have in the Oregon state U study. Ours is much more effective...

In a compelling and meaningful Earth Day project, youngsters with special needs who are part of Hempstead Town's ANCHOR Program and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray joined with residents of Lido Beach to rebuild coastal sand dunes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stewarding our coastal dunes

Stewarding our coastal dunes - Carol Vander Meer/My Word/Times-Standard 05/21/2013

You may know Friends of the Dunes for our Annual Sand Sculpture Festival, or our school programs that have introduced thousands of Humboldt County students to the coastal dunes, or maybe you know us as the group that opened up the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. We are all of those things and more, including being a group working to involve the community in restoring the natural diversity of coastal environments by removing invasive, non-native plants like European beachgrass.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The benefits of our beach grass

The benefits of our beach grass - Uri Driscoll/My Word/Times-Standard

The coastal protection that the European Beach grass was intended to provide has been very effective.

High dunes created over the last 100 or so years by the non native beach grass and the supported subsequent wetlands had established a formidable barrier against ocean storm incursions and tsunamis.