Aerial photography of Punta Gorda, on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast at the north end of Charlotte Harbor near the mouth of the Peace River. Coastal development is situated very close to the river and bay, near where Hurricane Charley made impact in 2005.

Aerial photography of Punta Gorda, on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast at the north end of Charlotte Harbor near the mouth of the Peace River. Coastal development is situated very close to the river and bay, near where Hurricane Charley made impact in 2005. The Nature Conservancy is working closely with the city of Punta Gorda and regional partners, developing projects to improve coastal resiliance, including oyster reef planting and restoration and protection of mangrove habit. Photo credit: Carlton Ward/The Nature Conservancy

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Shoreline Resilience Working Group field trip taken at a living shoreline project at Oleta River State Park in Miami-Dade County (Photo courtesy of Chris Bergh, TNC)

Oysters grow on the mangrove coastline of Charlotte Harbor Estuary near Punta Gorda, Florida located on the Gulf of Mexico. Charlotte Harbor– a site selected for oyster reef restoration–has been identified by the Conservancy as a priority area that pla

Oysters grow on the mangrove coastline of Charlotte Harbor Estuary near Punta Gorda, Florida located on the Gulf of Mexico. Charlotte Harbor– a site selected for oyster reef restoration–has been identified by the Conservancy as a priority area that plays an important role in restoring the overall health of the Gulf. Photo credit: Carlton Ward Jr