Letters to the editor for Sunday, October 9, 2022

Editorial cartoon

We can reduce impact of hurricanes

The off-the-chart damage caused by Hurricane Ian this past week should make us all stop and rethink how we should be conserving and protecting our “real” ecosystems like mangrove swamps that used to surround and protect us in “Paradise.”

One of the most fundamental statements in our wetland textbook ( Mitsch and Gosselink, 2015. Wetlands, 5th ed., John Wiley) is that “[c]oastal wetlands absorb the first fury of ocean storms as they come ashore. Salt marshes and mangrove wetlands act as giant storm buffers.” Eliminate nature and eventually our human landscapes will disappear. Most of the mangroves that use to protect Naples from the south are mostly gone. Mangrove scientist Robin Lewis described many of the mangroves in Rookery Bay area in Naples as suffering.

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