Planting for Protection with Indigo Condominiums

Amanda Post

On May 27th, 2021, Dune Doctors and Indigo Condominiums hosted a Planting for Protection event in Perdido Beach, Florida. Over fifty coastal stewards of all ages participated in the installation of dune-stabilizing, native vegetation. Planting for Protection is Dune Doctors’ educational initiative and is designed to educate children and the general public in the importance of coastal resiliency. Working with local schools, organizations, and communities to conduct these unique, hands-on experiences in the dune ecosystem, Dune Doctors encourages participants to develop a personal stake in the environment and a sense of ownership over the dune’s well-being. Dune Doctors’ CEO Frederique Beroset commented, “After a child has planted a sea oat on a dune and understands how the plant helps protect against erosion, they are significantly less likely to walk through the fragile ecosystem and are empowered to educate others.” A total of 180 plants were installed by the participants in one hour.

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