Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We are looking for more volunteers for the New Year!


One of MRC’s Habitat Restoration team’s main grants this past year consisted of clearing 5 acres of invasive plants and planting 4,000 red mangroves and 11,000 wetland grasses in Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of our work has been at Paul’s Island, which is a 2 ½ mile boat ride from the launch site. We have finished the invasive removal, but we still have planting to do.

To complete the restoration, we have to rely on a boat. But over the course of several months, our boat slowly degenerated. What should have been a five to ten minute ride took 45 minutes, because our boat could not cope with the faster speeds. Eventually the boat’s engine completely failed. After one of our volunteers, familiar with boat mechanics, could not help us to get it back up and running it was declared finished.

Lately we have been relying upon volunteers to help us get out to our planting sites. It’s the volunteers and members who really make the difference. Without them, we would not make it very far; even one volunteer can make a huge difference in restoring and protecting our Lagoon.

When the New Year rolls around, MRC will be pushing to finish the planting in this grant. We can use all the help we can get! If you have a boat and are willing to donate your time and boat for us to get our plants into the ground, we would be very grateful. If you would rather carry extra volunteers than plants or if you do not have a boat but would like to go out to the island to help us with planting, that would be great as well.

At this time, no dates are set for the field work. Because we do not have our own boat right now, we have to rely on our volunteers to make the schedule.

If you are interested in donating your boat for a couple of days, please email me at aquatic@mrcirl.org or call 321-725-7775. If you would like to be on MRC’s overall volunteer list for planting or our other programs, you can sign up here.