Posted by Bailey Kaufman | 03.29.2024 | Conservation, Marine Science

Beach Grass

American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) holds significant importance in coastal ecosystems, particularly along the sandy shores of the Atlantic coast. Its dense root system helps stabilize dunes, preventing erosion and protecting coastal communities from the impacts of storms and rising sea levels. Beyond its crucial role in maintaining shoreline stability, American beach grass provides habitat and food for various wildlife species, including insects, birds, and small mammals. Moreover, its ability to trap sand and build dunes contributes to the formation of diverse coastal habitats, fostering biodiversity and supporting ecological resilience. Thus, the preservation and conservation of American beach grass are vital for safeguarding coastal environments and the communities that depend on them.