natural infrastructure

Floodplain Restoration

Funding Nature-Based Solutions through FEMA’s BRIC Program

On August 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that 53 projects were selected as a part of the second annual Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) national competition. …

students preparing for service project

RiSC Students Help Create Living Shorelines in Coney Island Creek Park

Over the past decade, the need to protect our nation’s coastlines has become one of the most critical and immediate challenges we face. Due to increasingly frequent and intense coastal …

Breaking wave over coral

Harnessing Natural Infrastructure to Protect the Built Environment

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) and Allied World share ten years of partnership to raise awareness about the role nature-based solutions can play in hazard risk reduction. In …

Dune and Marsh Vegetation

Living Shorelines Build Resilient Coasts

A History of Living Shorelines in Maryland What is a living shoreline? Well, many people have a general idea. But for those that are unfamiliar, the term ‘living shoreline’ defines …

manatee and calf

New Flood Resilience Report Highlights Risk at the Community Level

Changing environmental conditions — including increased impacts from climate change-driven sea level rise, land subsidence, and more — all factor into a community’s risk of flooding. More and more areas …

Planning for Resilient Forests

Planning healthy forests The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land in the United States, including forested watersheds that provide over 60 percent of the water that …

Montrose beach in Chicago. Dunes and wetlands are one example of natural infrastructure.

Investing in Infrastructure will Help Cities Across the Country with…

What do Chicago, New York, and Detroit have in common? If you guessed that they are all big cities that recently experienced major flooding, you guessed correctly. Cities across the …

beaver

Beavers and Salmon: An Unexpected Alliance

According to a recent analysis done by the Nez Perce Tribe, Chinook salmon and steelhead populations are nearing extinction and need all the help they can get.  Why are these …

Sandhill cranes in a wetland

Infrastructure Package Must Include Conservation Investments—Here’s Why

The United States is at a turning point. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic recession induced by the pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change facing the country, Americans need solutions. …

Farmland protected by a wetland buffer in the Prairie Potholes region, Iowa.

A Change in FEMA Policy Spells Good News for Communities, Wildlife, and Wildplaces Alike

In recent years, a great deal of science has confirmed the ability of natural infrastructure—such as healthy wetlands, floodplains, forests, coral reefs, and beaches—to reduce risk to human communities and …

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