Living Shorelines are a soft management approach that uses living plants and biomass to protect coastlines from erosive environmental forces. This approach also improves the health of our coastlines by helping to stabilize coastal ecosystems and creating habitat for native species. As president of Helping Nature Heal (HNH), Rosmarie has developed and practiced various Living Shorelines techniques specifically adapted for Nova Scotia’s climate and the challenges associated with coastal erosion in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Over the last thirteen years Rosmarie and her team at HNH have installed and managed many Living Shorelines on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with much success. HNH works exclusively above the high water mark using native species and locally sourced biomass (hay and brush) to help stabilize these delicate ecosystems. Working above the high water mark allows for management of land based erosive forces that contribute to coastal erosion such as overland flow, in addition to stabilizing soil exposed to wind and wave action. Living Shoreline methods work to manage erosion on their own and can also be used in combination with rock walls and other engineered structures.
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