Marines lay foundation for new environment
By Cpl. Brady Wood
| Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort | June 21, 2013
MCAS Beaufort --
Laurel Bay shoreline
Marines from various units aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, banded together for Living Shoreline Restoration Project at the Laurel Bay boat dock, June 18.
During the event, some Marines were tasked with laying bagged oysters on different sections of the shoreline and settting up bamboo stakes in the ground.
Earlier this year, Kimberly Fleming, a regional biologist for Marine Corps Installations East, explained the reason why they are using bamboo stakes is due to new evidence that suggests oysters will settle on the bamboo.
Fleming also explained that by adding fresh oysters and bamboo stakes to the shoreline, everyone who put an effort toward this project is not only preventing erosion, but also putting oysters back into the natural environment.
For more information on the Living Shoreline Project, contact The Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Office at (703) 784-4030.
For a video of the restoration, go to YouTube.com / MCASBeaufortSC1.