has brought together government agencies and local community organizations to work on creating a natural protective buffer along our shoreline while providing employment opportunities for youth to gain valuable hands-on experience for the next generation of environmental stewards
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) led the first youth-led initiative to build a protective buffer for shoreline protection in Queens, New York City.
With support provided from both the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and the President's Youth Initiative Award through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) & US Department of Interior, the Dune Restoration Project employed over 50 local young people in planting over 400 trees, 10,000 sprigs of beach grass and creating an inventory of trees and plants along the entire 40 acre Arverne East Dune Preserve.
An important aspect of the project involved creating a secondary dune of non-invasive, native salt-tolerant trees, shrubs and grasses along the Arverne shoreline. With the advisory support of the US Forest Service, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development as well as Arverne East developers, local community residents and schoolchildren played a key role in driving this shoreline conservation effort in an area that suffered greatly during Hurricane Sandy.
RWA is grateful to have financial support for the Rockaway Dune Preserve Restoration from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Pinkerton Foundation.
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