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Dune plantings survive holiday storms at Cape Lookout National Seashore

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(NPS Photo/Chelsey Stephenson)
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Cape Lookout’s Park Rangers planted 40,000 young plants of American Beach Grass at the Great Island Cabin Camp on South Core Banks in order to stabilize the dunes there, and a recent survey of the 20,000 square foot planting shows no damage from the storms that battered the area at Christmas.

Cape Lookout’s Park Rangers planted 40,000 young plants of American Beach Grass at the Great Island Cabin Camp on South Core Banks in order to stabilize the dunes there, and a recent survey of the 20,000 square foot planting shows no damage from the storms that battered the area at Christmas.

A resource management staffer checked on them to see how they were doing following the storms and, to her relief, she found no impacts from the event.

Officials say most of the stalks are solidly rooted and some even have green shoots emerging.

Previous coverage: https://www.publicradioeast.org/2022-12-13/nps-rangers-plant-beach-grass-to-stabilize-dunes-at-cape-lookout-national-seashore

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.