The Urban Land Institute-Southwest Florida and Keep Lee County Beautiful recently hosted a joint service project at Lovers Key State Park beach. More than 40 volunteers participated in planting over 2,400 sea oats 150- to 200-feet inland from the Gulf of Mexico’s mean high tide line.
“To have such a large group of motivated volunteers help plant over 2,400 sea oats is incredible,” said Katie Moses, former park services specialist at Lovers Key State Park and now assistant park manager at Koreshan State Historic Site. “Sea oats are very valuable as a dune builder and stabilizer during Florida’s hurricane season and provide protection for sea turtle nests.”
Project sponsors included Black Business Solutions, Friends of Lovers Key, Kimley-Horn, Miromar Development Corporation, Morris-Depew Associates, and Pavese Law Firm.
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute
supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 36,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. ULI sponsors educational forums and events such as trends conferences, transportation and housing programs, and project tours.
Keep Lee County Beautiful (www.klcb.org) is Lee County’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of individuals, businesses, civic, environmental and governmental organizations, KLCB works with thousands of volunteers to take action in their communities by offering solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies, and inspire generations of environmental stewards