European beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria) is native to the beaches of Europe and North Africa. It’s invasive all along the Pacific coast of North America from California to British Columbia, and it’s even invasive in New Zealand and Western Australia! It spreads by growing long, underground shoots called rhizomes that are capable of sprouting a new plant. These rhizomes can grow up to 2 metres long, and can even survive breaking off the plant, floating through the ocean to a new site, and growing on the beach they land on! The ease with which it can re-sprout makes it especially difficult to get rid of.
We will be returning to this site again on August 23rd, 25th & 31st to continue our work here!
Before and After Photos
“It was nice to travel somewhere we hadn’t been. This program gives my kid a sense of the value in doing for others and our planet, and it helps the environment.” – Barbara