Living Shorelines

Living shorelines are an environmentally superior, competitively priced alternative to hardened bulkheads and seawalls. As a more effective and environmentally sound solution, living shorelines can improve water quality, provide fisheries habitat, increase biodiversity, and promote recreation.

Living shorelines are built from natural materials and are integrated with the landscape. 

They act as natural barriers to wave energy to help trap sediments from tidal waters, allowing the marsh behind them to grow as sea level rises.

Want to see more?
To see if a living shoreline might benefit your property, please Request a Quote.

Your confidential response will be sent directly to Mary-Margaret McKinney, Director of Coastal Restoration for Native Shorelines, who will review and followup with you directly.  

A living shoreline on your property can:

  • Reduce wave energy and erosion

  • Restore habitat for plants and animals

  • Increase resilience to storms

  • Trap sediment to stabilize and reclaim your waterfront

  • Improve water quality by filtering pollutants

  • Beautify your investment

Customer Testimonials

There is no one in a better position to be a steward of our coast than private landowners.

We are honored when you choose us to partner with you in that effort.

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Native Shorelines’ Director of Coastal Restoration
Mary-Margaret McKinney
has been honored with a 2022 Pelican Award from the
North Carolina Coastal Federation
for
Promoting and Increasing the Use of Living Shorelines
in North Carolina

“The Pelican Awards annually recognize
the effective work of people, business, nonprofit groups,
local and state governments and educators
to improve environmental quality on the North Carolina coast.
Award recipients have demonstrated exemplary commitment
and undertaken meaningful actions
to protect and restore our coast.” – NC Coastal Federation

Read more about Mary-Margaret’s work
and that of the other 2022 Pelican Award recipients in the
Summer 2022 edition of Our Coast magazine.

Living Shorelines in the News

Living shorelines are helping to protect one of NC’s most valuable ecosystems
Raleigh News & Observer, October 2021

Protecting the Shoreline
PBS NC Science & Innovation, December 2021