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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Coastal Dunes, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA

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Coastal Dunes, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA
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tuckers966



Registered: December 2014
City/Town/Province: Port Orange
Posts: 1
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Iíve grown up along an iconic coastline that draws throngs of tourists every year for its white sand beaches and proximity to the International Speedway. Condos creep closer to the shoreline, encroaching on the narrow tract of sand hardly visible between the rows of cars and pinstriped beach towels that fill Daytona Beach. Commercial development and tourism near coastal ecosystems have degraded prominent dunes to abysmal accumulations of sand. To compensate, concrete sea walls are constructed to hold back rising tides, only to crack and crumble from the pounding waves within a few years.
As a member of the Studentís for Environmental Awareness club, I have helped perform routine coastal clean-ups and assessments of this vital ecosystem throughout my high school career. The destruction I witnessed drove me to do an environmental impact project my junior year that targeted a small stretch of dunes in nearby New Smyrna Beach to be rehabilitated with the help of some peers. We performed sea oat plantings, constructed sand fences, and formed channels for the runoff of excess water. We had to take shovels and physically shift the sand towards the dunes to gather enough sediment to plant the sea oats obtained from a nearby nursery. The project was paired with a company responsible for the rehabilitation of many local coastal properties that provided the funding that made this project a reality. The labor we provided was greatly needed to help preserve the diminishing dunes in New Smyrna Beach. Sand dunes provide many services to both their ecosystem and humans living nearby by supporting unique organisms, preventing coastal water intrusion, and protecting against powerful storms. I am dedicated to preserving an ecosystem that is invaluable to the protection of such incredible wildlife found in coastal habitats.


The accelerated erosion of dunes is an issue that I am able to directly address through preservation efforts to instill environmental and social change. I hope to expand upon my passion for preserving the environment by performing more projects with an even greater impact at a prestigious university. I will always act as a defender of the environment against apathetic passivity that only breeds more problems. These issues will continue to build up as the dunes continue to degrade without the intervention of passionate individuals to defend these diverse habitats before they cease to exist.
Date: December 18, 2014 ∑ Views: 1687 ∑ File size: 14.2kb, 54.7kb: 554 x 419 ∑
Hours Volunteered: 36
Volunteers: 4
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 18 & 17 to 18
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): .3
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 3.7
Native Trees Planted: 50
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