Sand Dunes

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Sand dunes are a very important part of the ecosystem. They hold many plant and animal species, some of which are even endangered or on the verge of extinction. People of the community and non-profit organizations have been trying to preserve the sand dunes for many years.

Sand dunes are destroyed by winter storms and hurricanes. But that is just part of nature. People destroy sand dunes. When people walk on sand dunes, they leave weak spots. The wind picks up the sand and carries it out to sea. A solution to this problem is to build sand bridges. People of communities have helped build these bridges to preserve the sand dunes. People also can plant beach grass and sea oats. They can also install sand fencing, to tap the sand.

Many sand dunes have been bulldozed for development of houses and condominiums. Many people drive trucks through the sand dunes, which also is damaging. South Carolina has laws protecting the sand dunes. The punishment for disturbing the sand dunes is a $1000 fine plus the cost of re-establishing the dunes. It is against the law to destroy or pick sea oats on public property.

Sand mining is also very damaging to the sand dunes. The sand dunes protection and management act was passed in 1976 that required plans for sand dunes and the restabilization after the mining operation has been completed.

The subcommittee on National Parks, and Historic Preservation is a non-profit organization that stretches all over the world. It is trying to preserve the sand dunes and the plant and animal species that live in the area. The group has over a million members and is trying to stop sand mining from happening . It is destroying sand dunes.

The sand dunes protect from flooding and storms they are essential to us and the creatures that live in them. Sand dunes are part of our ecosystem.
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