Special to the PRESS
Derry Elementary fifth grade students assisted the City of South Padre Island in planting over 2,000 sea oat plants on Tuesday, March 1, as part of a dune restoration effort.
The project took place along the beachside of the 5200 block of Gulf Boulevard, near beach access 19 (Aquarius Circle). Around 200 students were able to cover approximately 4,000 square feet with plants.
These plants will stabilize the sand in the area and facilitate the growth of sand dunes, which help protect the coastline during storms. The dunes also provide a habitat for many of South Padre Island’s native animals, and are a nesting ground for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle.
The students also assisted in a beach cleanup of this area by collecting trash and other debris along the beach.
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