Characterizing shoreline vegetation such as dunegrass and willows can give valuable information on the habitat of the upper beach and marine-terrestrial connectivity. This may change depending on shoreline armoring, development in the uplands, and new plantings of vegetation at restoration sites. Vegetation stabilizes the shoreline and provides habitat for terrestrial insects that are prey resources for juvenile salmon. Vegetation measurements can be concurrent with fallout trap sampling of insects, and surveys for shorebirds.
Download the full protocol in the attachment below. Also see this webpage for more information on vegetation in Puget Sound.