Biologists at Blackwater are using vegetation surveys to monitor the affects of shoreline elevation. Credit: Steve Droter

By conducting vegetation surveys in meter plots, Blackwater NWR is able to track the vegetation community and determine the dominant species and grass cover in response to shoreline elevation. Common vegetation includes Spartina alterniflora (saltmarsh cordgrass), Spartina patens (salt marsh hay), and Distichlis spicata (seashore saltgrass).” Credit: Steve Droter

Biologists at Blackwater are using vegetation surveys to monitor the affects of shoreline elevation. Credit: Steve Droter

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