Annual Meeting

Birds on Mordecai and Oyster Castle Video to Highlight Mordecai Trust Annual Meeting

This year’s Mordecai Land Trust annual meeting is literally, for the birds. Biologist, author, attorney, and wildlife photographer Michele M. Budd will be the featured speaker at the Trust’s annual meeting and brunch on Sunday, August 20th, at 10:30 AM, third floor, Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, Beach Haven, NJ.

Budd will discuss how the Mordecai Island conservation efforts have created a safe haven and renewed nesting habitat for endangered and protected wildlife species. Her presentation will focus on the reemergence of Black Skimmers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers and Northern Diamondback Terrapins, and will include her wildlife photography.

Michele Budd, a self- proclaimed “beach girl,” is a biologist and an attorney licensed in the state of New Jersey. She is the author of three books: “Beachcombing: A photographic guide of sea treasures found on Long Beach Island,” “Shorebirds on LBI: Photographs and identifications of shorebirds commonly found on Long Beach Island,” and “A Terrapin’s Tale: A photographic guide of the Northern Diamondback Terrapins on Long Beach Island.” She is currently active with the Terrapin Nesting Project, MATES Project Terrapin, and ReClam the Bay, as well as conducting environmental educational tours for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Michele holds a B.S. degree in biology from St. Peter’s University, an M.S. degree in biology from Seton Hall University, and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is married to Kevin M. Budd, Sr., Esq. and has two children; Alexandra and Kevin Michael.

The Trust will also premier a video documenting their Pilot “Oyster Castle” Living Breakwater Project. The 12” x12” x 8”, 30 lb. castles, were placed in the water off the western shore of the island in July, and arranged in a series of arrays by volunteers from Mordecai Land Trust and ReClam the Bay, each design allowing for tidal flow and stability. Subtidal oyster colonies and ribbed mussel colonies placed in the high intertidal zones above them are intended to be established on the castles. This pilot project is the first demonstration to test this concept on a living breakwater.

The annual meeting and brunch is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Linda Colgan at llcolgan@msn.com.

Mordecai Land Trust was formed in 2001 as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Mordecai and its members are committed to the protection, preservation and education of the general public about Mordecai Island with an emphasis on efforts relating to retarding erosion, and protecting and preserving its open spaces and various habitats.

More information about Mordecai Island is available at www.mordecaimatters.net.

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Contact: Linda Colgan, President, Mordecai Land Trust:
Cell: 610-761-2652
llcolgan@msn.com

2017 House Tour & Cocktail Party

Come see these amazing Beach Haven homes and support the protection and restoration of Mordecai Island at the same time.

  • 113 Essex 113 Essex
  • 540 Leeward 540 Leeward
  • 118 Ocean 118 Ocean
  • 219 Essex 219 Essex
  • 5 9th Street 5 9th Street

 

Online sales have ended. Please purchase tickets at LEHYC.

If you purchased tickets on line, you can pick them up at LEHYC after 1:00 PM today.

 

Press Release: Mordecai Land Trust to Hold Annual House Tour/Cocktail Party Fundraiser

July 13, 2017

Mordecai Land Trust to Hold Annual House Tour/Cocktail Party Fundraiser

The Mordecai Land Trust will hold their annual House Tour and Cocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Beach Haven. The house tour will run from 2 to 6 PM and will feature five houses, one 105-year-old newly restored historical home and four exquisitely designed custom built homes, as well as a coastal organic garden. The cocktail party and silent auction will be held from 6 to 8 PM at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club overlooking Mordecai Island.

Tickets may be purchased at Wyndecrest Home in Beach Haven, Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, or online at www.mordecaimatters.net. Tickets are $50 for the house tour and cocktail party or $40 for house tour or cocktail party only.

All proceeds benefit Mordecai Island. This year’s fundraiser is designated to support their Pilot Living Shoreline Project, or “Oyster Castle” Project, a demonstration breakwater off the western edge of the island that the Trust is installing in partnership with ReClam the Bay.

The 12” x12” x 8”, 30 lb. Castles, which are scheduled to be placed in the water near the end of July, can be arranged in various arrays, allowing for tidal flow and stability. Subtidal oyster colonies and ribbed mussel colonies placed in the high intertidal zones above them are intended to be established on the castles. This pilot project is the first demonstration to test this concept on a living breakwater.

Mordecai Land Trust was formed in 2001 as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Mordecai and its members are committed to the protection, preservation and education of the general public about Mordecai Island with an emphasis on efforts relating to retarding erosion, and protecting and preserving its open spaces and various habitats.

More information about Mordecai Island is available at www.mordecaimatters.net.

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Contact: Linda Colgan, president, Mordecai Land Trust
Cell: 610-761-2652
llcolgan@msn.com

TIME TO RENEW!


SPRING IS HERE
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MORDECAI MEMBERSHIP FOR 2017

LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT YEAR!
PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR 2017 MORDECAI EVENTS CALENDAR.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

THANKS TO YOU, OUR MEMBERSHIP,
WE CAN CONTINUE OUR PROGRAMS TO
PROTECT MORDECAI ISLAND!

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Please renew your Membership today!
Membership & all donations are
100% tax deductible
Family Membership is just $40.00
*All donations welcome
To renew your membership for 2017
please send your check to:
Mordecai Land Trust
Membership Dues
P.O. Box 1414, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Or renew online!

Ribbed Mussel Program

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Ribbed Mussel Breakwater

The mission of the Mordecai Land Trust (MLT) is to protect the ecologically valuable flora and fauna species on Mordecai Island. This includes stopping shoreline loss due to erosion from wind and nearby boat wakes. The southwestern corner has been most vulnerable due to fetch and its closeness to intracoastal vessel wakes.

Conventional technologies using coir fiber biologs were first tried. Their rigid anchoring system failed due to the poor soil conditions and destructive wave vibrations from the bay. Undeterred, the MLT tried again and succeeded in 2010 with a breakwater using polypropylene geotextile tubes filled with 1000 tons of sand. Integral with their permit, the MLT is responsible for the maintenance of the breakwater, what the Army Corps of Engineers refers to as “maintenance of a legally permitted structure”. The tubes attenuate wave forces and accrete sand and sediment behind them, in time building the island section back to its 1977 tidal boundaries. The ideal maintenance program is to let Mother Nature heal itself. It is not only cost effective; it is one of the guiding concepts in the design of Living Shorelines.

Protecting the tubes with a colony of living organisms that can withstand the forces of nature and boating damage and which can heal itself is insurance against costly repairs. Doing it with a natural covering of shellfish and marine biota that grows with sea level rise addresses the spirit and goals of sustainability. This is the definition of a Living Breakwater. It is New Jersey’s relative to a tropical reef which performs many beneficial functions, not the least of which is attenuating the force of waves. It’s nature’s resilient way of protecting an adjacent beach from erosion. A Living Breakwater is an integral component of a Living Shoreline. Continue reading Ribbed Mussel Program

Sustainability on Mordecai Island

We’re constantly bombarded by new terms. In the environmental field, concepts are given abstract names that are redefined daily depending on the view of the beholder. Sustainability is such a term used today to embrace our desire to maintain our environment for the future. Or as the definition goes “Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.”

Growing Together

However, the definition of sustainability on Mordecai Island falls short in light of rising sea levels. Our islands in Barnegat Bay are growing at a rate slightly lower than sea level rise. It follows that sustainability on Mordecai Island must go beyond maintaining status quo.

Our projects partner with Mother Nature in order to protect the island from man and sea level rise through leverage. Leverage happens when two or more activities synergize to create growth beyond the norm. It is well known that symbiotic relationships exist between species on our island. Our job is to nudge these relationships along.

“Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.”

Continue reading Sustainability on Mordecai Island

NORTH END LIVING SHORELINE CLOSER TO REALITY

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Lisa Schroeder, Jane Kleber, and Marilyn Thomas at last summer’s “Paddle & Pour” paddleboard fundraiser.

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were about to embark on a Capital Campaign to raise an additional $200,000 toward our local cost share for the Mordecai Island Coastal Wetlands Restoration Project (“Breakwater Project”). The contributions to the Capital Campaign had a terrific response. Our fundraisers were made possible by the support of an army of dedicated volunteers and the community at large. Last summer was the summer of Mordecai.

By April of this year, the NJDEP and MLT had both signed off on the form of the Continue reading NORTH END LIVING SHORELINE CLOSER TO REALITY

OYSTER LIVING BREAKWATER PROJECT GOAL IS LIFE BEYOND GEOTUBES

The Southwestern Mordecai Environmental Restoration II project incorporated the installation of 560 feet of geotubes filled with sand to act as a breakwater in the effort to protect the adjacent Mordecai island shoreline from further wave erosion. A secondary goal has been to allow accretion of material behind the tubes in order to rebuild that section of the island to its 1977 dimensions. To date, the geotubes are performing up to expectations with little or no maintenance required. Their intertidal surfaces are covered with a healthy growth of bladderwrack seaweed and barnacles with accompanying
periwinkles and small forage fish. In a way, a living breakwater already exists here, protecting the island, but not itself.geotubes

The geotubes are made of a heavy weave of polypropylene designed for many years of service. In marine environments they are often covered with sand or other materials to protect them from damage or wear from foreign objects, including boats and Continue reading OYSTER LIVING BREAKWATER PROJECT GOAL IS LIFE BEYOND GEOTUBES