RI seeks help replanting dune grass lost to Sandy

By News Staff


The Associated Press/David Klepper

Rhode Island is looking for 1,000 volunteers to help replant dune grass lost to Superstorm Sandy along the state's southern shore.     

Millions of the plants were wiped away when Sandy crashed ashore a year ago.   

The grass isn't just for show. Its roots and shoots help stabilize dunes, allowing other plants and shrubs to grow and acting as a barrier between homes and the sea.   

The community service group Serve Rhode Island is looking for weekend volunteers to help with the effort.       

Westerly resident Jim Kirker is coordinating a massive replanting in his neighborhood. He and his neighbors plan to plant thousands of dune grass plants in front of their beach homes. Kirker says he's seen firsthand how the grass can be a shield during coastal storms.

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