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Coastal Landscapes

There’s a budding trend towards coastal landscaping that enhances the environment.

The Coastal Landscapes Initiative, or CLI, is a collaborative effort to address landscaping at every stage of the process, from planning and design to installation and management. The ultimate goal is to foster coastal landscapes that are beautiful, functional, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Partners draw on their expertise and connections across myriad disciplines, including horticulture science and business, ecology and wildlife, landscape architecture, design and contracting, economics and education.

To learn more about the CLI, check out this article from the Winter 2018 issue of Coastwatch magazine.

CLI Resources

Additional Resources

Cover of the book "Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas" by Paul E. Hosier
Paul E. Hosier has updated a 1970s guide to coastal Carolinas plants. This new edition is published by UNC Press in partnership with North Carolina Sea Grant.
Native Plants
Attracting Wildlife and Pollinators
Stormwater Management and Storm Resilience
Sustainable Design


For general questions, or to find out how to join these efforts, please contact Gloria Putnam at or 919-513-0117.