Habitat Restoration

Habitat restoration is something Southern Blossoms is passionate about. As public awareness of the linkage between instream habitat restoration and biological recovery grows, restoration of degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats has increased. Though it is difficult to fully restore the diversity of plants and animals present on undisturbed habitats, restored landscapes and habitats can nevertheless offer increased wildlife and floral habitat, and increased flows of water, carbon and other nutrients through an ecosystem.

Benefits of restoration

Clean Potable Water

Access to clean, potable water will be one of the defining needs of the next century, as populations continue to grow and urbanize amid increasing climate changes. Restored landscapes in key watersheds can improve the quality and quantity of water reaching our cities to help meet the needs of the future. This is especially true for South Florida. Habitat restoration is a cost-effective water solution.

Improved Health

We depend on the land for our food and shelter, but the quality of land can determine our health in other ways as well. Most directly, restored ecosystems and habitats can help protect us from natural disasters. For example, restored coastal forests and mangroves absorb dangerous storm surges across the tropics. Access to green, natural areas, whether pristine or restored, have been found to improve child cognitive development and adult mental health.

Environmental Health

When vegetation returns to damaged and degraded areas, functioning ecosystems can return with them. Though it is difficult to restore the full diversity of plants and animals present on undisturbed land, restored landscapes can nevertheless offer increased wildlife habitat, the buffering of protected natural areas, and increased flows of water, carbon and other nutrients through an ecosystem.

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