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Managing Shore Zones for Ecological Benefits Handbook

Managing Shore Zones for Ecological Benefits Handbook

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Battered by tides, ice, storms, and human activity, nearly half of New York state's Hudson River shoreline has been “armored up ” by structures such as steel bulkheads or rock revetments. While these structures can protect vulnerable infrastructure in high-energy situations, they also disrupt surrounding habitats. In response, the Hudson River Reserve launched the Sustainable Shorelines project, a long-term, collaborative initiative that is advancing understanding of the engineering, economic, and ecological tradeoffs of using different shoreline management options today—and as the climate shifts and sea levels rise—for generations to come.

This handbook, which was created by the 2010 Collaborative Research project team, offers suggestions for practical ways that landowners and land managers can protect shore zones and increase the benefits that they provide. Although targeted at the Hudson River, many of these suggestions will be helpful for managing shore zones along lakes, rivers, and estuaries elsewhere.


Strayer, D., Tumblety, L. 2015. Managing Shore Zones for Ecological Benefits: Handbook. In association with the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project, Staatsburg, NY,