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Bringing marshland back to Jamaica Bay

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am

Last weekend, 185 volunteers were ferried out by boats to Ruler’s Bar marsh in Jamaica Bay to plant plugs of saltmarsh cordgrass.

Organized by the American Littoral Society and Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, this was the first-ever community-led marsh restoration in a national park.

After months of planning, over 20,000 plugs were planted by the volunteers, seen above with the Lower Manhattan skyline behind them.

Broad Channel residents Dan Mundy Jr. and Don Riepe, as well as Jackie Scanlon, Mike Tubridy, JPMott, Eugene O'Reilly and Mike Stewart took time out to bring the volunteers from Broad Channel to the marsh island in the middle of the bay.

“Our volunteer force was incredible” said Elizabeth Stoehr, program director for the American Littoral Society. “The group spent long hours in the hot sun planting thousands of Spartina plugs to help restore the salt marsh, which is the lifeblood of Jamaica Bay.”

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