Big Win for Parris Island

As the smallest branch of America’s armed forces, the United States Marine Corps is used to finding solutions to problems through innovation and ingenuity while working with less overall resources than its sister services. Therefore, it’s extra exciting when an opportunity comes along for Marines to splurge on needed projects. That opportunity has arrived for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island with an award of nearly $1.2 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for use in coastal stabilization efforts.

The Beaufort MEC blog has written extensively about Parris Island’s successful battles with rising sea levels and other aspects of climate change, but this award allows the base a chance to get an even bigger victory. Parris Island plans to create numerous recycled oyster reefs to solidify the installation’s coastline in a natural way that will also promote further salt marsh growth and wildlife habitats. Check out the link below to learn more about the fascinating ecological process. And to see more about how Parris Island plans beating the rising tides for as long as the United States needs new Marines, explore the other articles on the Beaufort MEC site!

Funding approved for project to help protect Parris Island from rising waters | Stars and Stripes

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The Military Enhancement Committee (MEC) of Beaufort County Support Fund is a charitable fund administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Its mission is to enhance the quality and value of the military installations of Beaufort County, namely, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Naval Air Station Beaufort, and Beaufort Naval Hospital. The MEC seeks to defend these installations against any threats like closure or natural disaster, while also positioning them for enhancement through personnel, resources, and other opportunities that both benefit the Department of Defense and our region.