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York Island Mangrove Planting with MANG

February 20, 2024
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Last week’s planting marked a significant milestone in our conservation efforts as we embarked on the journey to restore the mangrove habitat on York Island. With the collective efforts of MANG, a clothing company with a commitment to environmental restoration, and eight dedicated volunteers from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), we planted over 200 red and black mangroves in an area ravaged by Hurricane Ian.

York Island Preserve, nestled in the serene San Carlos Bay area, has been grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The shoreline bore the brunt of the storm’s wrath, leaving behind a scarred landscape in desperate need of rejuvenation. Despite over a year of monitoring, signs of natural recovery have been scant in some areas, underscoring the urgency of our intervention.

Accessing the island posed its own set of challenges. Undeterred by logistical hurdles, our team of volunteers, alongside MANG representatives, boarded the research vessel Norma Campbell to ferry over to the island for the planting. The planting event itself was nothing short of an adventure. Battling high winds, waves, and the intricate network of prop roots, our volunteers persevered, ensuring that each seedling found its rightful place in the soil. 

Both red and black mangroves were carefully chosen for their resilience and ability to thrive in the island’s ecosystem. As we planted each seedling, we couldn’t help but envision the lush canopy that would one day envelop the island.

Central to our restoration efforts is the partnership forged between SCCF and MANG. MANG’s ethos, encapsulated in their mission of “Buy One. Plant One.”, resonates deeply with our commitment to ecological stewardship. 

Throughout the planting process, MANG and SCCF staff were on hand to provide guidance and impart knowledge, underscoring the importance of community collaboration in conservation endeavors. Together, we are not just planting mangroves; we are sowing the seeds of hope for a greener, more sustainable future.


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