Why is beachgrass so important to the Jersey Shore?

LAUREN WANKO / NJTV NEWS – Volunteers are shoveling on the beach, though not for sand castles. At Island Beach State Park, volunteers are digging holes for beachgrass.

“It’s native to this area and it grows on the dunes. It’s a very special plant because not a lot of plants can grow this close to the ocean, so it’s very sandy conditions, a lot of salt spray, a lot of high wind. So it’s really one of the only plants that thrives in those types of conditions,” said Friends of Island Beach State Park volunteer coordinator Stevie Thorsen.

About 250 people joined together on a chilly Saturday morning for the Friends of Island Beach State Park’s annual Fall Beach Grass Planting …

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