The sun sets over Barnegat Bay at Island Beach State Park. The narrow, shallow bay is particularly sensitive to damage by boats and personal watercraft, state officials say.

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP — The State Park Service and area volunteers will take part in an annual dune grass planting at Island Beach State Park on Saturday.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, volunteers from AmeriCorps New Jersey, Friends of Island Beach State Park and the Barnegat Bay Partnership will meet at 9:30 a.m. to begin planting 30,000 American beachgrass plants to replenish the dunes.

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“Dune grasses are vital to protecting the island because they hold the dunes together with their web-like root systems,” park manager Jen Clayton said in a press release.

The event is rain or shine, and volunteers can sign up when they arrive at the park or register online at friendsofibsp.org/events/dunegrass/.

— Lauren Carroll

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