Human communities in estuarine watersheds impact hydrologic processes. Reserves use geospatial decision support tools and other strategies to address these impacts. For more information click this link.
Reserves are mapping and monitoring habitat change and evaluating the most effective strategies to restore estuarine habitats. For more information click this link.
Through research, conservation and restoration, Reserves work to ensure the resiliency of the biological communities that sustain our estuaries. For more information click this link.
Three inter-related issues that reserve
stewardship strategies respond to include
water quality, changes in biological
communities and habitat loss. Click
above to learn how reserves address
A core mission of the Reserves is to protect and conserve the more than 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine habitat within reserves and to facilitate improved stewardship of coastal habitats outside reserve boundaries. The Reserve System's stewardship approach uses the best available science to maintain and restore healthy, productive and resilient ecosystems, and disseminates information to regional and national stakeholders. Site-based stewardship strategies assess and respond to threats from coastal development, human use of reserve resources, climate change, and invasive species.