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Can I Harvest the Grass from my Dune to Help Others in Need of Plants?

The short answer to this is "No, not without a permit".  Not even if you planted the grass yourself with this in mind.   The regulations that govern dunes CAFRA  (coastal zone management rules   Cafra 7:7E)  are triggered by any form of construction. If you manipulate the sand, as would be required to excavate the grass, this would trigger the CAFRA rules, and permits would be needed for the activity.

If you want to plant dune grass so that you can propagate it for later use in dune plantings, it should not be planted on the dune. Better yet, though, support the local nurseries and other businesses who keep making such plants available for all of us.