Grasses on the Half Shell, Portsmouth


This NOAA Restoration Center living shoreline project enabled the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation to construct oyster reefs and install a living shoreline that created 5,000 square feet of coastal wetlands. The main goals of the project were 1) to improve water quality and 2) preserve and enhance wildlife and aquatic habitat at the Preserve. Oyster shell bags were used to build the oyster reef and the native Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass) was planted in the intertidal zone. The high marsh zone included Spartina patens and Panicum virgatum.


The funding agencies and partners for this project include Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation and NOAA.  


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