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Absegami Students Help Build Living Shoreline at Forsythe

The natural shoreline was developed over 150 feet of the 8 mile Wildlife Drive.

Members of the Earth Shepherd Environmental Club at Absegami High School joined a group effort to help slow down erosion as part of National Public Lands Day last week, according to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

The club joined the St. Augustine Prep Crew Team (Richland, NJ), and volunteers from Sun Bank’s “Banking on our Communities Day” to help with Forsythe’s Living Shore Line Project, according to the refuge.

The goal of the project is to slow the marsh’s erosion by promoting the development of living shorelines that create valuable habitat and protect tidal marshes from shoreline erosion or sea level rise, according to the refuge. This is done via the use of natural products, and was done along a 150-foot portion of the 8-mile Wildlife Drive, according to Forsythe.

"We are very appreciative of Forsythe staff and Sun Bank’s senior management for providing the opportunity to be introduced Forsythe, while at the same time, hopefully, making a positive contribution to preserving the ecosystem. I’d highly recommend a visit to the Refuge to all in the Sun family. It’s beautiful, relaxing, expansive and full of sights.” Sun Bank Business Credit & Portfolio Management Vice President Robert J. Brandow said.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

Mary Crawford October 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
These students from Abegami and the Prep did a great job and worked very hard on the project. We all too often read negative stories about the teenagers in our community - thanks to Patch for covering this.

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