There is quite an effort in NWFL to restore coastal habitats of many kinds. Students seem to really enjoy doing their service learning in association with these projects. Below is a submission from this semester:
In Environmental Science we have talked a lot about what efforts individuals can take to slow down environmental destruction and to reverse it. I learned one way I can help the earth recover from environmental disasters which is rebuilding ecosystems that are less than perfect.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District has a project called Ecosystem Restoration Section (ERS). This group works to restore and improve different ecosystems such as coastal dune systems, oyster reefs, and salt marshes.
They have two greenhouses specifically for Coastal Restoration Nursery located within Ellyson Industrial in Northern Pensacola. Volunteers can come and help plant different plants that are vital to the rehabilitation of these ecosystems that we hold close to our hearts. They also have volunteers help out on the beach with planting and oyster bed restoration.
Hard work pays off!