Wednesday, December 13

Restoration of Coastal Areas Along The Gulf of Mexico

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There are many salt and drought tolerant plants that are able to grow in difficult places. Here along the Gulf Coast, we must continue to rebuild this beautiful place over and over again. This is home to wildlife, birds, and many wildflowers. Their habitat must be replaced. Right now, our coastal areas are suffering due to a BP oil rig explosion that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. It has ruined the homes of wildlife, birds, and animals of the sea. Again we struggle to repair this once beautiful place.

A plant that will grow in coastal areas can help restore habitat for wildlife is called Samphire. Samphire is an edible plant. There are four species of this plant and they are Samphire, Rock Samphire, Golden Samphire, and Marsh Samphire. This plant has a long history of uses and it was mentioned in the works of Shakespeare. This plant5 is often called sea asparagus or sea pickle. Marsh samphire can be grown in coastal areas. This plant can be grown using salt water. The seeds of Marsh samphire contain a very high amount of saturated oil and protein. This plant is currently being studied on it’s production of biodiesel. The plant’s growth will increase rapidly if a nitrogen based fertilizer is added to the sea water.

Another plat that is easily grown in most types of soil is called the Baby Bear Manzanita Bush. This bush is native to the coasts of California. It attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. This plant has beautiful bright pink flowers that stay in bloom for two months. This plant is edible and birds can eat the berries and flowers. These are just a few suggestions that may be helpful in the restoration of the Gulf Coast region.

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