BEACH GRASS FACTS

Ammophila arenaria is the European variety of beach grass. It produces the taller dunes.

Ammophila brevigulata is the American version that is native to the east coast and great lakes region. It produces a dune approximately half as tall as its European relative depending on offshore sand deposits.

◼ Both have been planted on the west coast as late as the early 1980’s to slow sand migration onto roads homes and wildlife areas using Federal, State and local resources.

Elymus mollis is a west coast native beach grass that grows in very sparse densities and does little to slow inland sand migration.

◼ Coastal wetlands and forests are supported by taller more stable dunes. Native plants are known to have very diverse and abundant populations behind ammophila covered dunes.

◼ Ammophila dunes trap sand and move west (terrestrialize) adding land to our coastline.

◼ Removal of ammophila has proven to displace this accumulated sand and allow winds to carry a large amount of sand east into established wetlands, nature areas and various important public and private infrastructure.

◼ There has been no peer reviewed science that has determined that ammophila removal has benefited populations of the western snowy plover.

◼ There are photographs in the snowy plover recovery plan and the 1999 RU2 annual report that show snowy plover nests in clumps of ammophila

◼ It costs approximatly $38 000 per acre to remove ammophila.

◼ School children have generated $17 85 per hour of volunteer labor as matching funds for grants for Friends of the Dunes in their vegetation removal programs.

2 comments:

Uri said...

Can we afford $38 K per acre to remove a protective and natural grass?
Can we afford to give up these wetlands, farmlands and infrastructure?
Can we afford to use our kids to do something this detrimental to our coast?
I don't think so.

Terry said...

I agree. This is just another waste of the taxpayers money. What crisis is the government going to dream up next to keep themselves employed?