The shoreline of Jockey’s Ridge State Park was eroding due to historic development pressure on the northern border of the park, heavy foot traffic along the shoreline, erosional forces from Roanoke Sound and sand movement from the active dune system at the park.
Over the course of three years, 725 linear feet of the park's shoreline was buffered from soundside waves by a low-profile oyster shell bag sill and marsh grass plantings. Nearly 2 acres of marsh and upland riparian vegetation were restored or protected. Nearly 1 acre of offshore oyster habitat was created as part of the project. Foot traffic from park visitors was minimized with a rope fence and signage explaining the restoration work, and the upper edge of the marsh was protected with sand fencing that helps to protect both the park’s dune system and the newly created marsh grasses.
Partners: NOAA-Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
- North Carolina Coastal Federation Northeast Office