On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy crashed against the eastern shore and left behind a devastating trail of destruction – forever changing the landscape in which we live and work. The Gateway National Recreation area, only a few miles from GEE’s Brooklyn headquarters, was hit hard and miles of its beautiful barrier sand dunes were flattened in a matter of hours. In addition to providing critical habitat for local wildlife, sand dunes serve as ever important protective barriers against severe weather water surges.
With Ranger Rick by our side, in the spring of 2013, GEE joined forces with the NWF in a unique effort to restore the storm damaged coast at the Fort Tilden section of The Gateway National Recreation area in Queens, NY. With the Manhattan skyline in the background, GEE employees and their families spent the day at the beach planting over 1,800 American Beach Grass plugs. We carefully planted each grass plug by hand and then made sure to retrace our steps and generously water each plug site. The occurrence of native beach grass is a key ingredient to help rebuild the dunes and return the coastline to its pre-sandy existence.
We are proud to have partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to help restore our beloved NY coast.