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. 

    “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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