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The Gulf State Park Enhancement Project team has begun work to restore the equivalent of more than 50 football fields of dunes flattened in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan.

Dune Restoration Work Under Way At State Park

The Gulf State Park Enhancement Project team has begun work to restore the equivalent of more than 50 football fields of dunes flattened in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan. The work is part of a broader effort to restore the park in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A skilled team of scientists, designers, planners and local experts has come together to create a dunes system that encourages a connection to nature and maximizes ability for that system to provide storm protection for people as well as restore habitat for beach mice, nesting sea turtles and shore birds.

The project team will create pathways through an existing engineered berm to facilitate movement of sand from primary dunes to more inland dunes while also using sand fencing and recycled Christmas trees to catch sand and allow dunes to grow naturally.

In addition, the project will replace invasive species with native plantings to stabilize the dunes and increase sand coverage.

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