May 2018 – On May 4, Plan Hillsborough staff spent the morning volunteering with Tampa Bay Watch building oyster shell bars. Part of Tampa Bay Watch’s Community Oyster Reef Enhancement (CORE) program, the Oyster Shell Bar program creates oyster reefs similar to natural oyster communities found along shoreline areas throughout Tampa Bay. Restoring and increasing oyster growth provides multiple ecological benefits to several trust resources as well as threatened and endangered species.
Staff’s volunteer efforts were a part of the Hillsborough 100 Conservation Challenge, a showcase of conservation projects throughout Hillsborough County. The Challenge, initiated by the Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation District, ran from April 21 – May 6, 2018, encompassing Earth Day and National Stewardship Week. We are looking forward to taking next year’s Challenge!