Each year, towns along the Jersey Shore are allotted free dune grass to promote a healthy coastal ecosystem as well as protection from storms. This year, Lavallette is distributing dune grass for use on both private properties as well as certain public locations in town if someone wishes to pitch in to help.
Dune grass will be available for residents to pickup to plant through the weekend. Distributions began Tuesday. Plants will be available for pickup at the recycling center for planting on private property.
Residents interested in planting to fortify the borough infrastructure are being asked to plant grass on the west berm of the bay front between the gazebo and the basketball courts.
“This area is eroding and dune grass is needed in that area to solidify and reinforce the bank to help maintain the land in the area,” the borough said in an announcement about the program.
No grass is allowed to be planted on the established dunes at this time, officials said.