Mangrove Ecosystem

Mangrove Reforestation, Coastline Resilience

Riley Encased Methodology enables successful mangrove reforestation of intracoastal waterways. Establishment of mature mangroves along shorelines, seawalls, revetments and canal frontage offers a number of options regarding the location of the trees and practices in pruning growth.

The typical pruning technique is to trim mangroves into a hedge; however, mangroves are hardwoods that can attain significant height. Thus to maintain an open view of the water, it is our recommendation that mangroves be pruned similar to terrestrial trees, that is, prune the mangrove with a high canopy.

Because natural regeneration cannot occur along most seawalls, the mangroves established with REM will be the only vegetation. By considering the placement of each mangrove relative to buildings and docks, a high canopy will frame and enhance a great view of the water.

Mangroves pruned with a high canopy also provide shade along the seawall that will further enjoyment of the waterfront. Ultimately as the mangroves mature they create natural habitat for fish and larger coastal bird species, reduce turbidity and wave reflection as-well-as clean the water of a variety of pollutants.

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