Look closely at these two marshes. (click to enlarge)
Yes, clever reader, they are one and the same.
This is thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who donated a Saturday to haul a few boards and rake a few piles. In three weeks we're going to make our last big charge of the season. The goal is to move the piles of wood and debris surrounding the marsh into dumpsters. If you're reading this and want to lend a hand, follow these directions and meet us at Rockaway Pier anytime between 10AM and 2PM on Saturday, September 17th. Bring work clothes, water and lunch, and we'll provide the gloves, tools and everything else. Leave a comment if you have any questions about getting there.
Some of you asked about the hurricane's effect on the marsh. I haven't been out there yet, but Tony made quick survey today and noted that the bayside dune appears shorter, and a few half-ton logs appear to have been liberated from the main pool. Did the hurricane flush out the marsh for us? I'll post a full report Thursday, hopefully with camera trap hurricane action, so check back then.