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Oyster Bed Rejuvenation Project Wins Keep Georgia Beautiful Award

Timmy Johnson, Dane Hires, Chris Howard, and Jacob Hallex planting native species along Horsepen Creek

Our project, “A Living Shoreline at the Burton 4-H Center” was a service learning project created to prevent the deterioration of the creek beds surrounding the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Georgia 4-H’ers helped sustain a stable creek bed by recruiting an army of bivalves to help ensure the future of the organization’s coastal environmental education center.

This new living shoreline, built from six truckloads of oyster shells along about 500 feet of marsh front, should resist erosion, create and improve the wildlife habitat, improve water quality and help mitigate sea level rise.