Roxbury Park Oyster Reef Build #1, Edisto Island Open Land Trust
Roxbury Park Oyster Reef Build #1
June 28, 2019
Friday June 28th from 9:00am - 11:30am
Roxbury Park - 4494 Hwy-174 Meggett, SC
(The next right after Little Britton Rd, heading off island)
Join the Lowcountry Land Trust as they team up with the Edisto Island Open Land Trust, DNR’s South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program (SCORE), and Charleston Waterkeeper to build an oyster reef at Roxbury Park, a Lowcountry Land Trust protected property owned by the Town of Meggett. Volunteers will help restore and enhance oyster habitat by planting recycled oyster shells in the intertidal environment to form new, self-sustaining oyster reefs. All reef building materials will be provided, as well as gloves, bug spray, and sunscreen. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes, clothes they don’t mind getting dirty (because you will get muddy!), and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers will be in muddy conditions as they assist in transporting hundreds of oyster shell bags to build the reefs.
The purpose of the SCORE program is to restore and enhance oyster habitat by planting recycled oyster shells in the intertidal environment to form new, self-sustaining oyster reefs — all with the help of volunteers. This community-based habitat restoration project is an important endeavor because oysters play a significant ecologic and economic role in South Carolina; however, oyster populations are declining. It is important for the community to understand how oysters improve water quality, control erosion, and provide habitat for other commercially-important shellfish and fish species by learning about their biology and the human activities that can influence their well being.