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Contact: Brent Everitt, 850-934-2600
Contact: Kelly Irick, 850-934-2600
Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announce completion of year two of the beach enhancement and asphalt removal project, an effort that began at Santa Rosa in September 2017. Approximately 1,400 cubic yards of asphalt fragments and road base material were removed from just over 200 acres of the Santa Rosa Area. Onsite work wrapped up on February 28 in time for shorebird nesting season.
The Santa Rosa cleanup is part of a much larger five year project, which includes the Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa and Perdido Key Areas of the park. Throughout each area, asphalt pieces ranging from the size of large slabs to as small as a quarter of an inch in diameter, and other road base materials will be removed. The project allows work to be performed only while shorebirds and sea turtles are not nesting, and it also includes replanting vegetation in areas damaged during the asphalt removal process. This will limit the impact of the removal activities on the park’s natural resources.
“We are excited to see the significant improvements in the park’s appearance as a result of this work,” says Superintendent Dan Brown. Roadway debris has accumulated for more than 20 years following hurricanes and storms that destroyed and scattered portions of the park’s asphalt roads. The Beach Enhancement and Asphalt Removal project is funded as a Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration project to compensate the public for the injuries to recreational use of the national seashore caused during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
More information about other Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Early Restoration Projects can be found at the Trustees’ web site: www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslands_NPS, and Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
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