Volunteers and the N.C. Coastal Federation were at work recently on an estuarine shoreline restoration project at Morris Landing in Holly Ridge.


Volunteers and the N.C. Coastal Federation were at work recently on an estuarine shoreline restoration project at Morris Landing in Holly Ridge.



Federation volunteers and community members were joined by volunteers from Wilmington-based General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) facility, UNC-Wilmington students and Marines from Camp Lejeune, on Aug. 10 to build an oyster reef and install marsh plant seedlings along the shoreline of Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on Stump Sound.



They worked to place 3,000 oyster shell bags along the shoreline to form the reef and install more than 3,000 plant seedlings to create salt marsh habitat, according to Coastal Federation.



The reef and salt marsh are designed to slow erosion while preserving habitat and water quality and improving water quality by filtering sediment and nutrients. The project will have three oyster reefs, a wooden breakwater and planted salt marsh. The oyster reef and marsh created will become valuable habitat for important commercial and recreational species of fish and shellfish.



The living shoreline project is one of several habitat restoration projects by the Federation at the Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve, a 52-acre parcel.



The preserve is open to the public for fishing, boating and recreation.



The federation bought the land in 2004 with assistance from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund.