to help preserve Virginia coastline
will allow students and faculty from Shippensburg University to help preserve
and restore coastline in Virginia.
Cornell, associate professor of geography-earth science,
helped the Chincoteague
Bay Field Station (CBFS) obtain a $64,400 Together Green
grant from the Toyota Foundation for environmental restoration projects at the
CBFS Greenbackville field site.
to its website, the grants program “supports creative and ambitious projects
that engage diverse communities and find innovative solutions to environmental
challenges.” It also noted that since 2008, more than 216
projects have received Together Green Innovation Grants totaling almost $4.7
million to protect land, water and energy resources nationwide.
The grant runs through Fall 2014 and will engage Shippensburg
students with community partners including the Nature Conservancy and the
family-focused environmental organization Shore People Advancing Readiness and
Knowledge, according to Cornell.
The grant will be used to help remove the invasive plant Phragmites australis
from the 30-acre marsh property, and will support development of a living
shoreline that can help minimize the impact of storms and coastal flooding as
sea-level rise occurs. The team will also provide new “oyster castles” to encourage the
recovery of oyster reefs along the shoreline and immediately offshore to help
According to Cornell, “Sea-level rise, coastal flooding and shoreline
erosion are emerging as some of the most important geo-environmental hazards of
the coming decades. As we have just witnessed with Hurricane Sandy, our coasts
are in jeopardy and we need to take a renewed look at how our coasts are
has a rich heritage based around the sea, and if this heritage is to be
maintained, it is critical that we continue to educate our population and
protect and preserve these natural resources for future generations.”