The Antioch dunes were a naturally occurring native habitat home to great unique native species the dunes were bought by DOW and were used to make plants and factories the dunes were not finally let go of for over 20 years. By then the damage had already been done irreparable damage to the ecosystem and native species. DOW had come to realize its mistake and started a restoration act in order to to save the small amount of species they could.
We decided we wanted to help with the restoration process and management. So as a team we arrived at the lush green and yellow paradise known as the Antioch dunes. We learned about the species native to the Antioch dunes and how they contribute to their ecosystem. As we were there we learned how to remove invasive species and help to restore the dunes.
On the trip there were many interesting experiences says one of our peers. They learned so much on how to identify native species and how to remove invasive ones. They got to plant some Antioch native flowers and see native butterflies. Overall we all believe it was a great experience and one we can indulge on again.
Written by: Jeremiah Campana and Deserai Chhon