by Nancy Hadley
DNR’s community based restoration program (SCORE) is a proud partner in a marsh restoration program known as Seeds to Shoreline. Along with SC Sea Grant and Clemson Extension, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) works with SC schools to restore saltmarsh. DNR’s commitment to the project has included purchasing two greenhouses which are dedicated to producing marsh seedlings and working with as many as eleven middle school classes each year.
Growing the plants
Learning about saltmarsh
Sea Grant has developed classroom curricula to accompany the Seeds to Shoreline program. Each summer the project partners conduct a workshop to train additional teachers. In addition to growing marsh grass seedlings, participating classes will study saltmarsh throughout the school year.
Transplanting the grasses on the shoreline
In spring, the final field trip of the year for many participating schools, is a trip with one of the project partners to plant the marsh grass. Schools working with DNR may plant marsh at Fort Johnson, the Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Cape Romain or the ACE Basin.
Marsh grass is planted behind SCORE oyster reefs which will protect it from washing away. Once established marsh can spread and further stabilize the shoreline.
Nancy Hadley is a marine biologist with the SC Department of Natural Resources where she heads up the Shellfish Management Program.