Rapidly rising seas threaten to drown tidal marshes and diminish the benefits provided to people and wildlife by these valuable coastal ecosystems. Increasingly, government agencies and non-government organizations are harnessing the power of computer-based models of marsh ecosystems to inform management and policy strategies to sustain tidal marshes, including by allowing marshes to shift gradually inland with sea level rise […]
Healthy riparian and wetland areas are critical to healthy watersheds. Wetlands support vegetation adapted to soils saturated by surface or ground water. Examples of wetlands include marshes, swamps, and bogs. Riparian areas serve as habitats and travel corridors for vegetative communities. https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/wetlands-and-riparian-health Riparian Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) describes assessing on-the-ground conditions of a riparian area. A healthy riparian area is […]
Coastal wetlands provide critical benefits to our planet. They clean our water, protect us from floods, and provide habitat for countless fish and wildlife. But these valuable habitats are quickly disappearing. Nearly 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands are lost in the United States each year to development, draining, erosion, and sinkage. That’s close to seven football fields every hour.
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono – The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. If we do the right thing by the land, the land lives, and gives us life. We need to make caring for the land our number one priority. However, in the present day, many people see land primarily as a commodity […]