Along the coastal barrier islands of the Atlantic coast, maritime forests are home to mammals, reptiles, insects, plants, and migrating birds. They’re vital to coastal and storm resilience. And some coastal trees date back to the 1st century. In recent decades, commercial development has threatened these ecosystems — but now, another threat is not only clearing forests, but burying them beneath the sea.
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season could see up to 18 named storms. According to the latest research from North Carolina State University, that could very well mean another unusually active storm season.