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Decision Tree

Enhance the existing forest condition by selectively removing dead, dying and severely leaning trees, pruning branches with weight bearing load over the water, planting mid-story and ground cover vegetation, controlling invasive upland species introduced by previous clearing.

The loss of upland soil along a shoreline due to the action of water, ice or wind.  Indicators of erosion include bare soil areas, leaning and fallen trees, exposed tree roots, dead tree stumps in the water, and bank slumping.

If erosion is low, proceed to 1a Forested shoreline: Shoreline type dominated by mature canopy trees and other forest vegetation layers, such as mid-story trees, shrubs and ground cover.
If a marsh is present, enhance its condition by periodically removing excessive tidal debris and solid waste, repairing storm damaged areas, or adding new wetland vegetation. If there is significant erosion of the marsh at its channelward edge, consider placement of a fiber log or sill at the toe of the marsh for erosion protection.