WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Volunteers gathered at Wrightsville Beach over the weekend to plant sea oats for dune restoration in order to protect the area.
Sea oats reproduce through the dune's root system and will help to build the dunes up.
The sea oats, along with new fencing, were spread along Wrightsville Beach from Augusta Street to Johnnie Mercer Pier.
"Sea oats hold the dune in place," said Evan Morigerato of Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation. "Their root structure is what holds the sand. You can plant them anywhere to grow a dune, if you planted one out in the middle of the beach, you would grow a dune there."
A total of 3,800 sea oats were been planted in the area.