Tag: shoreline restoration

Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions!

Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques

We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people… Read More

Living Shoreline Master Plan for Cedar Key

shoreline with transplanted marsh grass that will grow into a living shoreline

Living Shoreline Guidance at a Local Scale In recent years, sea-level rise, erosion, and loss of habitat around Cedar Key have become increasing concerns. Homeowners and land managers should critically evaluate how “gray” a shoreline erosion solution really… Read More

Redeeming a seawall

seawall with reef balls in front at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Shoreline armoring Most Floridians already know about the loss and degradation of our coastal habitats. One of the major causes of coastal habitat loss is shoreline armoring. Shoreline armoring, or hardening, occurs when seawalls, bulkheads, and large rocks… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Investigating Strategies, Benefits and Stakeholder Preference of “Living Shorelines”

Living Shoreline

NCBS Intern Report written by Vita Repina, with Host Mark Clark Reviving the Shoreline Being able to tell my friends and family that I work on the beach was one of my favorite things when I was asked… Read More

How are we doing after 50+ years of oyster restoration in the US?

Oyster beds off of the coast of Cedar Key, Florida.

If you are like me, you have heard a lot of buzz lately about oyster restoration efforts. But did you know that oyster restoration has been going on in the United States since at least 1964? What have… Read More

The making of an oyster reef

Almost 90% of the oyster reefs historically present along the Big Bend of Florida have been lost in recent decades. This is a tragic loss for the coastal zone, given the high value of oyster reefs for coastal… Read More

Donor Marsh at Duke Energy

volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

The problem Habitat loss is a huge problem along the Gulf on Mexico coast. Many groups are attempting to address habitat loss via restoration. Restored habitats include marshes, oyster and coral reefs, and dunes. However, restoration requires access… Read More

Establishing a Donor Marsh at Duke Energy

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

Calling all coastal habitat lovers! We are gearing up for a great project that will make shoreline restoration and enhancement projects such as living shorelines much easier in the Nature Coast! We need volunteers to help us install… Read More

Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Joe Rains Beach Living Shoreline

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

NCBS Intern Report By: Kacey Aukema, Intern with UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Dr. Mark Clark in UF’s Soil and Water Science Department Testing planting strategies for better living shorelines I had the opportunity to work with… Read More