Salt Marsh Restoration

Coastal wetland ecosystems (salt marshes, mangroves, and seagrass beds) can store large quantities carbon for two main reasons:

  1. Their plants usually grow a lot each year, and in the process, capture (or sequester) large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2).
  2. Their soils are largely anaerobic (without oxygen) so carbon that gets incorporated into the soils decomposes very slowly and can persist for hundreds or even thousands of years (carbon storage).

The diagram below details the mechanisms by which carbon moves into and out of coastal wetlands…

carbon_cycleFull Article: NOAA Habitat Conservation http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/coastalcarbonsequestration.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good News for Property owners with Salt Marshes in front of them

If you are a Marin property owner with a salt marsh in front of you. You can contribute to the growth of the salt marsh in front of you, reduce erosion, capture carbon and enhance the survival of salt marsh species right in front of your home. Some of the species in the Marin Salt Marshes are endangered such as the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse and the Clapper Rail. It is exciting to support the survival of endangered species (and other species too) instead of reading articles about their declining numbers and future extinction.