CHRP: May News

The Coastal Habitat Restoration Project continues to make great progress. 

Our partner Cornell has assisted us in planting even more beach grass  along the fence line that stretches over the 3000 linear feet of the project area. This grass will be one of many plants grown and planted to prevent erosion, keeping our sand on our beach.

Also completed was a plant identification survey where over 30 different species were identified along the project area. This list will help us direct our efforts in restoring even more habitat and native plants.

Meanwhile, our team has also spawned oysters in the newly set-up hatchery; The spawning is the first on our territory in approximately 30 years! These oysters will be part of the stock that grows on the living oyster reef, providing habitat to many marine animals and further erosion control.

The first installation of the living reef currently sits in front of the cemetery and will be joined by additional bags later this season.

At Cuffee Beach, we have installed a french drain (fourth picture) to help with water drainoff. In the future, there will be additional plantings of native shrubs and grasses that will also assist in sand retention and water drainage.

As always, FlyFriday continues for the Shinnecock Community where we learn about drones and how  they are used for the project every Friday.