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Volunteers help restore salt marsh for oyster habitat at Stump Sound

The plants are special ones because they will help stabilize the shoreline and restore critical estuarine habitat. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Volunteers gathered at Stump Sound in Holly Ridge to help the North Carolina Coastal Federation install plants along the shoreline.

The plants are special ones because they will help stabilize the shoreline and restore critical estuarine habitat. This is part of a five-phase project at Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve. The federation and volunteers are building a living shoreline with an oyster reef and salt marsh grasses.

The plants will also lead to better filtered water, which means cleaner water.

"Today we are out here with volunteers," said Jessica Gray a Coastal Outreach associate. "We are planting a salt marsh grass. This is one of our project sites where we work to protect and restore water quality and coastal habitats."

Volunteers also said the plants can be effective in preventing flooding.

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