Mangrove replenishment- our first line of defense is a natural one

As a Native Florida species, mangroves have immense potential in mitigating sea level rise and minimizing the effects of storm surge. While many coastal communities are looking towards sea walls and other methods of constructed protection, mangroves provide a natural barrier to swells and rising waters. Mangroves typically have roots that extend deep into the soil, preventing soil erosion and desertification. The species typically flourish in brackish to saline water, allowing the trees to fill a biological niche as well as providing a habitat to ocean life. Perhaps of greatest significance, mangroves are a highly effective carbon sink, taking in and retaining more carbon than many other tree species. Existing mangroves should be conserved, but replenishment of groves should be prioritized, to lead to an economically viable solution for coastal protection.

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