|Coastal Wetlands at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in
Credit: Kelly Fike/USFWS.
During this season of holiday giving, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to take time and reflect on the gifts we receive throughout the year from Mother Nature. Gifts of Nature are treasures to behold and wonders to be thankful for.
The storm protection offered by Mother Nature comes from wetlands, marshes, reefs and other natural buffers from storms:
- The extensive root systems of marsh vegetation can help lower damage to property by withstanding brief storm surges and providing a buffer between waves and shoreline or upland areas.
- Wetlands and marshes function like big sponges, absorbing floodwaters and slowly releasing them.
- These areas also stabilize shoreline and channels from high erosion.
Earlier this week, when we wrote about healthy waters, we referenced the important role of wetlands in that system. When you're thinking about that new year resolution for healthy waters, consider helping wetlands too!