Protecting and Restoring Shorelands


The authors describe how to begin restoring a shore to its native state, a task that requires taking into account the topography and soil of the site, the width of the shoreline band that must be restored in order to accomplish various goals, and what native plants are best used for restoration. A shore with native vegetation can provide wildlife habitat, flood control, shoreline stability, privacy, and a pleasing variety of objects to amuse the eye. It also can improve water quality as it filters sediment, nutrients, pesticides, and microbes from surface runoff (8 pages; 2014).