Island Beach State Park event today to feature dune grass planting, bonfire, s’mores

    A Seaside Park dune in June 2015. (Photo: Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

    A Seaside Park dune in June 2015. (Photo: Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

    Dune grass planters today will be treated to a bonfire and s’mores on the beach in Island Beach State Park.

    The Friends of Island Beach State Park organization is calling on volunteers to help plant from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

    They’re asking helpers to dress for the weather and meet at Ocean Bathing Area #1. Arriving with a shovel is a plus. The organization will supply refreshments. 

    Hundreds of volunteers planted 40,000 American Beachgrass plants in the state park during the spring. As the grass grows, roots form the core of a dune’s stability, and the blades above the surface trap additional sand and allow the dune to grow higher. 

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    “Dune grasses are vital to protecting the island because they hold the dunes together with their web-like root systems,” Jen Clayton, Island Beach State Park manger, said at the time. 

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