Hibiscus Shoreline Gets Donated Plants In January 2015
Last year, the Hibiscus shoreline received a bit of a makeover, with the first planting of marsh grasses as part of a Living Shoreline Restoration project. We hope the Hibiscus shoreline project will stem the rather significant and ongoing shoreline erosion that is taking place. You can learn more about the living shoreline project here and here.
In January of 2015 the Hibiscus shoreline gets some marsh grass plants that were donated by the U.S. Naval Support Activity in Panama City Beach to St. Andrew Bay Watch.
I thought this might be a great opportunity to get marsh grass plants to supplement the Hibiscus shoreline project.
I contacted the Hibiscus By The Bay condo association to see if they would be interested in receiving donated marsh grass plants from St. Andrew Bay Watch courtesy of the Navy Base . The donated marsh grass plants for the Hibiscus shoreline would be at no cost to the Hibiscus Association. They agreed and I then contacted St. Andrew Bay Watch Living Shoreline Project Coordinator Jim Barkuloo to see if they would be interested in getting involved. They agreed as well, so we picked up the ball and ran with it.
The project scheduling was tight, as was the Naval Support Activity base security. Special precautions and permissions were required for volunteer access to the Naval Support Facility and for boat access to transport the marsh grass plants as well.
It was work digging those marsh grass plants out of the bottom and loading the root clumps into buckets. The tide that morning was low which aided getting the plants out of the bottom, however the north wind on St. Andrew Bay had kicked up a pretty good chop. Skipper Jim Barkuloo got the donor plants and his boat mates safely to the Hibiscus shoreline transplant site. 🙂
The project came together with the help of St. Andrew Bay Watch Living Shoreline Project Coordinator Jim Barkuloo, volunteers from St. Andrew Bay Watch, Hibiscus residents, Bay County Extension Agent Scott Jackson, the Naval Support Activity and Jonnie Smallman at the Naval Support Activity.
Thank you St. Andrew Bay Watch for providing the tools, boat, containers, logistics and thank you to ALL the volunteers. Thank you Naval Support Activity and Jonnie Smallman for the opportunity! The harvest at was no cost to Naval Support Activity or to the Hibiscus By The Bay community.
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