Protecting land for the future

Reserves study and protect more than 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine habitat. Reserves’ stewardship and research programs advance science-based management of habitats within reserve boundaries and facilitate more effective habitat management throughout their region. Reserve staff map habitats, monitor habitat resiliency and change, demonstrate innovating restoration strategies, and facilitate land acquisition. A central feature of each reserve’s research and monitoring efforts is the System-Wide Management Program (SWMP), a nationwide network that provides researchers, resource managers, educators, and other coastal decision makers with standardized, real-time data on environmental conditions within reserve habitats.