Planting a Seed: Beach Reach volunteers aid restoration effort

Beach Reach volunteers help plant over 4,000 dune plants on the Island this year in an effort to aid local restoration efforts. (Courtesy photos)

Special to the PRESS

Beach Reach is a group that has come to South Padre Island for Spring Break for the past 32 years to provide positive services and give back to the community. This faith-based organization brings in college kids from all over Texas and neighboring states.

The services provided to South Padre Island by the Beach Reach group are free rides, free pancake breakfasts and volunteers to clean the beach every morning. If that wasn’t enough, they partnered up with the City of South Padre Island and the Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter for a Dune Restoration Planting for the third consecutive year.

This year the volunteers from Beach Reach showed up on Wednesday, March 14 and helped plant 4,000 dune plants covering about 8,000 square feet. If you combine this with their efforts in 2011 and 2010, Beach Reach, made up of students almost entirely outside of the Lower Laguna Madre area have helped plant over 14,000 plants and created approximately 24,000 square feet of new vegetated dunes on South Padre Island, a place they may only visit once in their entire life.




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