Vernon High School FFA students made their way to Mexico Beach this morning. While they were having fun in the sun they also worked hard to restore the shore's first line of defense, sand dunes. The organization picked the sea oats in October and then shipped them to south Florida to be harvested for seedlings.
Wednesday they returned to get their hands a little dirty restoring the dunes. Students planted 2,500 seedlings using string as a grid. The blades were planted 18 inches apart in a staggered pattern. The sea oats are imperative to keeping the beaches healthy, sand dunes are the first line of defense in hurricanes and they provide a home to beach wildlife. Orange Hill Soil and Water & Three Rivers Resource Conservation have sponsored the project for 12 years. Along Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach you can see the results of sea oat restoration. In order to help these students efforts take root, do not step on the sea oats or play in the sand dunes.