Bogue Banks Seed Collection
The company, Earth Balance, will perform dune planting for the upcoming $30.6 M Phase III nourishment project. Beach nourishment and associated planting will not begin until early 2021.
In preparation of the future planting process, Earth Balance will be present along the Emerald Isle beach strand beginning October 6, 2020 (for 7-10 days). They will mobilize on Emerald Isle to harvest sea oat seed, bitter panicum and elder cuttings. Be advised, Earth Balance staff will pull spikelets off the existing sea oats.
A recent News Times article, published on September 28, 2020, has additional information:
Company to harvest sea oats in Emerald Isle for new dunes
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Carteret County Shore Protection Office at (252) 222-5835.