Summary of the Recommended 2030 Targets and 2050 Goals

Stratum

Habitat Type

Current Extent

Total Restoration Opportunity*

2030 Target

2050 Goal

Target Narrative and Restoration and Protection Rationale

Subtidal

Hard Bottom

423 ac

N/A

>423 ac

>423 ac

Protect existing hard bottom; continue to identify new hard bottom area using proven mapping techniques

Artificial Reefs

217 ac

N/A

>166 ac

>166 ac

Protect existing artificial reefs; enhance habitat complexity where feasible; expand reef area to promote fish and wildlife benefits

Tidal Flats

18,425 ac

I/D

16,220 ac

16,220 ac

Identify and protect existing persistent tidal flats; assess restoration potential of other non-vegetated subtidal areas

Seagrasses

33,945 ac

14,131 ac

>40,000 ac

>40,000 ac

Protect existing seagrasses; establish new HMPU lower limit of 40,000 acres; assess restoration potential of non-vegetated subtidal areas

Oyster Bars

190 ac

I/D

221 ac

471 ac

2030: Protect existing oysters + restore 50 acres; increase target by 50 acres each out-decade; consider filtration rate to refine long-term goal; an oyster habitat suitability index (HSI) will inform opportunity space

Intertidal

Living Shorelines

11 mi

LSSM

21 mi

56 mi

2030: Construct 1 mile of LS each year; includes privately owned seawalls; need better definition of opportunity areas; increase target to 1.5 & 2 miles per year for out decades

Total Intertidal

20,649 ac

3,363 ac

21,353 ac

23,803 ac

2030: Protect existing intertidal mosaic + restore 1,000 acres (based on hydric soils); increase target by 150 acres each out-decade; includes the mosaic of mangrove, salt barren, and salt marsh habitats

Mangrove Forests

15,485 ac

2,267 ac

>15,300 ac

>15,300 ac

Protect existing mangrove forests; restore opportunistically within the intertidal mosaic

Salt Barrens

575 ac

546 ac

796 ac

2030: Protect existing salt barrens + restore 50 acres; increase target by 50 acres per out decade

Salt Marshes

4,588 ac

1,096 ac

4,807 ac

5,457 ac

2030: Protect existing low salinity salt marshes + restore 250 acres; increase target by 50 acres each out-decade; significant land acquisition and/or Public Private Partnerships required to achieve this 2030 target and 2050 goal

Tidal Tributaries

387 mi

I/D

4 mi

18 mi

Inventory mapped tidal tributaries and assess/rank restoration potential; restore ~4 miles (1%) of urban tidal creek habitat where feasible; increase target by 2 miles per out decade

Supratidal

Coastal Uplands

3,638 ac

1,174 ac

3,769 ac

4,219 ac

2030: Protect existing coastal uplands + specifically restore 150 acres (upland restoration total = 600 acres); increase target by 50 acres each out decade

Non-Forested Freshwater Wetlands

69,494 ac

149,158 ac

68,937 ac

71,787 ac

2030: Protect existing non-forested freshwater wetlands + restore 1,350 acres; increase target by 50 acres each out decade

Forested Freshwater Wetlands

151,925 ac

152,282 ac

152,732 ac

2030: Protect existing forested freshwater wetlands + restore 150 acres; increase target by 50 acres each out decade

Native Uplands

141,179 ac

41,777 ac

141,050 ac

142,100 ac

2030: Protect existing native uplands + specifically restore 450 acres (upland restoration total = 600 acres); increase target by 50 acres each out decade; focus on pine flatwoods and protect current extent (56,717 acres)

N/A - Not Applicable; I/D - Insufficient Data; LSSM - Living Shoreline Suitability Model; JU - Potential Juncus Marsh Opportunity

*Does not account for lands neither currently protected nor currently under consideration for acquisition