North End Amelia Island Dune Restoration
On February 10, 2021 the Fernandina Beach Ocean Avenue volunteer “marines” landed at accesses 8N and 9N to install sand fences to help start the north end Amelia Island dune restoration at the end of those access walkovers. The last two accesses to be fenced, 10N and 11N, will be installed by volunteers on February 18.
Plants are being held in reserve at the Green Season Nursery in Parrish, Florida for installation by volunteers in mid-March. Plants were selected based on their ability to help secure the dune. Native plants adapted to growing in sand dunes have a deep root system which grows down into the dune, anchoring it in place.
The Dune Science Group want to express its appreciation to the Fernandina Beach Parks and Rec Department’s Kathy Russell and maintenance crews crew lead by Joe Pitcheralle: Keep Nassau Beautiful and the Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Conservancy for their support; Ms. Bryn Bryon for funding the project, and the wonderful volunteers who have helped.
Following installation of the sand fencing, native vegetation will be planted to help secure the dune. All of these services and more are provided by Dune Science Group to homeowners, HOA’s and municipalities seeking to bolster the resiliency and aesthetic beauty of their irreplaceable dune ecosystems.
Contact us if you’d like more information on how the Dune Science Group can help restore your coastal dune.
Native plants in Amelia Island dunes
Roughly 1700 Florida native plants appropriate for dunes will be planted at these accesses including:
- Panic Grass
- Sea Oats
- Beach elder
- Beach Morning Glory
- Railroad Vine
- Sea Purslane
- Sea Oxeye Daisy
- Blanket Flower
- Beach Dune Sunflower
- Prickly Pear
- Tough Buckhorn
- Tropical sage