Erosion Control and Habitat Development with Smooth Cordgrass on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS COASTAL AND HYDRAULICS LAB
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In recent years there has been increased interest in the establishment or rehabilitation of coastal salt marshes. Plantings are generally made for the purpose of shore protection, dredged material stabilization or habitat development. On the Gulf and Atlantic coasts the dominant, emergent plant of the regularly flooded portion of the intertidal zone is smooth cordgrass Spartina alterniflora Fig. l. Much attention has been focused upon the planting of this species.