Florida Panhandle sand dune restoration plan released

As recovery and restoration efforts ramp up post-Hurricane Michael, restoring the towering sand dunes that define beaches across Florida’s Panhandle has become a critical priority to local, state and federal agencies as well as coastal residents. But information about how best to restore dunes has not yet been collected in one place.

Responding to this information need, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida Sea Grant have released “Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle,” a first-of-its-kind manual that describes restoration techniques specific to the Panhandle.

“These restoration techniques have been developed and tested through research and monitoring activities for the northern Gulf of Mexico region,” said Mack Thetford, a professor in the UF/IFAS environmental horticulture department and a co-author of the manual.

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