provided to The Santiva Chronicle
A year after the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian on the local mangrove population, the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Service Unit Collier 13 have come together to make a significant difference in the restoration of Sanibel’s coastline. Following the hurricane’s destruction, dedicated Girl Scouts from Troops 791, 255, 440, 426, and 502 enthusiastically hosted mangrove seedlings, nurturing them back to health.
The success of this project is a testament to the dedication and passion of the Girl Scouts involved and highlights the impact of community engagement in environmental conservation. “Together, these girls have made a difference [and] earned the Girl Scout Tree Promise patch,” said GSGCF volunteer Patricia Nye-Schmitz.
In October, the Girl Scouts had the opportunity to return these mangroves to Sanibel, contributing to the restoration efforts and earning the prestigious Girl Scout Tree Promise patch in the process.
In response to the urgent need for mangrove restoration, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) issued a call for help in January. The initiative, known as “Mangrove Mama’s,” allowed community members to host mangrove seedlings, nurturing them until they were strong enough to be planted along the coastline. SCCF provided the seedlings for this noble cause.
The enthusiastic response from Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Service Unit Collier 13 has showcased the power of community action in the face of environmental challenges. The Troops, through their diligent care and dedication, have not only helped the mangroves recover but have also earned the Girl Scout Tree Promise patch, a testament to their commitment to environmental conservation.
The girls’ efforts not only contribute to the restoration of Sanibel’s coastline but also serve as an inspiration for others to join the cause.