Florida (Pensacola Beach) Dune Restoration Project
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
The Florida (Pensacola Beach) Dune Restoration Project entailed planting approximately 474,634 native plants on average of 15 to 60 feet seaward of the existing primary dunes along an 8.1-mile length of Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island in Escambia County, Florida. Proportions of plants included approximately 76% sea oats, 19% panic grass, and 5% other selected species native to the Gulf Coast of Florida to maximize sand stabilization and limit wind erosion. All plants were grown from seed and propagated plants collected from the Gulf Coast of Florida. Plants were installed to ensure that sufficient moisture was available and properly covered with sand to stabilize and protect the plants. Planting was done in the appropriate planting periods to avoid extremes in temperatures. The project also included 28,700 linear feet of sand fencing and signage to inform beach visitors to stay off the Dunes. This information reflected updated design information relative to the project description provided in the Final Environmental Restoration Plan (FERP).
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