Dune Habitat Protected With $200,000 Bank Grant

Photo courtesy Pinelands Preservation Alliance

BERKELEY – Wells Fargo donated a $200,000 Resilient Communities Grant toward a joint project with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Raritan Valley Community College that will further restrict motor vehicle access, according to a press release.

The bank held a press conference at Island Beach State Park, where volunteers placed string and post markers along the back beach to mark where motor vehicle and beach raking will be prohibited.

PPA is one of eight organizations throughout the nation that received this grant, part of the bank’s partnership with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The restrictions will protect nesting birds and beach plants from destruction, and facilitate natural dune formation.

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Officials said such restrictions can save the state $5 to $10 million on beach replenishment costs.