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Two weeks, 600 volunteers, 18,000 trees: citizens restore damage to Gateway NRA from Hurricane Sandy

Over the course of two weeks, 600 volunteers planted 18,000 salt-tolerant and flood-tolerant trees and shrubs at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The last tree was rooted in the ground Oct. 29, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

The collaborative volunteer project, which took place at 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel, was the last leg of the three-year restoration project to help the Sandy-damaged Jamaica Bay become more resilient to future storms, according to the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy.