A marsh with a tidal creek.


The salt marsh-tidal creek ecosystem is a highly productive coastal wetland that occurs between upland areas, such as forests and urban environments, and estuaries, where fresh and salt water mix. Learn More


Salt marshes and tidal creeks provide us with a wealth of benefits, referred to as ecosystem services, including maintaining healthy water, protecting us from flooding and erosion, providing nursery and essential habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries, and supporting recreational activities that have become part of the coastal lifestyle. Learn More


Before European exploration of the Southeast, these lands were inhabited by a number of Native American tribes, such as the Seminole in Florida, the Guale in Georgia, the Yemassee in South Carolina, and the Waccamaw in North Carolina. Learn More


Southeastern coastlines are alluring places for millions of residents and visitors. In fact, over 50% of the U.S. population lives in coastal zones throughout the country. Learn More


Despite the many threats to the salt marsh-tidal creek ecosystem, there are a number of things that you can do to help protect it. Whether you are a homeowner, fisher, or recreation enthusiast, one of the biggest things you can do is to become a steward of our salt marshes and tidal creeks. Learn More

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