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TOBAY Dune Planting Draws 1,200

Volunteers plant thousands of clumbs of sea grass along town's oceanfront beach.

The 24th Annual at Tobay Beach drew more than 1,200 volunteers who planted some 230,000 stalks of beach grass on the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean.

“Without question, the Tobay Beach Dune Stabilization Project is one of the most successful examples of government and residents working together for a common cause, in this case helping to preserve the dunes,” said Oyster Bay

Young people representing numerous town Scout troops and school service organizations took part, working alongside  Town Board members

The program began in 1989 and is a widely popular volunteer project for town residents. “The dune grass they plant is directly responsible for preserving the dunes and beach they enjoy during the summer," Venditto said.

Dunes provide a natural barrier against storm surges and high winds during severe weather. Without dunes, waterfront property is at greater risk. Wildlife, such as shore birds, can lose essential habitat, and the coastline itself can be altered.

But dunes are fragile, and the sea grass helps stabilize and enlarge the dunes by catching blowing and drafting sand, town officials said.

Local businesses and community groups donated food and equipment. “This year,” he said, “volunteers were fortified with hot New England clam chowder prepared by Rich Cutler’s Mill Creek Tavern with clams provided by Frank M. Flower & Sons, as well as snacks donated by Whole Foods Market of Jericho," Venditto said.

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