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Caminada Headland restoration area – 2015 habitat map, Louisiana Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program


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Thurman, H.R., Enwright, N.M., Dugas, J.L., Lee, D.M., and Cheney, W.C., 2022, Caminada Headland restoration area – 2015 habitat map, Louisiana Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This package includes a detailed habitat map, general habitat map, and georeferenced imagery from 2015 for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Incr2 project area (BA-0143). The project restored 489 acres of beach and dune habitat along more than seven miles of Caminada Headland in Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes through the direct placement of about 5.4 million cubic yards of sandy substrate from Ship Shoal. The habitat maps are part of a suite of Caminada Headland habitat maps for the years 2012, 2015, and 2017–19, which span the time period before, during, and after the restoration project was conducted. For more information on this restoration project, see the project page [...]


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Barrier islands provide numerous invaluable ecosystem services including storm protection and erosion control for the mainland, habitat for fish and wildlife, salinity regulation in estuaries, carbon sequestration in marshes, recreation, and tourism (Barbier and others, 2011). Since the resources they provide are integral to economic and environmental interests, it is imperative that they are managed in a way that ensures resiliency and the continued provision of ecosystem goods and services over time. These islands are very dynamic environments due to their position at the land-sea interface. Storms, wave energy, tides, currents, and relative sea-level rise are powerful forces that shape barrier island geomorphology and habitats. The habitat products developed through this effort were used in an analysis of avian habitat availability and patterns of distribution, abundance, and behavior before and after restoration activity, which can help land managers target restoration activities that produce the best outcome for multiple stakeholders, including preserving habitat needed by species of conservation concern. Additionally, the maps will provide a powerful tool for tracking changes to barrier island habitats over time. Please consult the accompanying readME.txt file for information and recommendations on the contents of this dataset (i.e., dataset and recommended symbology).

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9Z7MMQ4

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