What did you say about cypress as natural storm protection?
Wetlands and marsh, in general, are crucial storm defenses, and cypress forests are our best natural storm protection. It is estimated that four miles of wetlands reduces storm surge by one foot and that one mile of cypress forests accomplishes the same reduction. Even in areas farther from the coast, cypress trees are important for absorbing excess rainwater. Cypress forests are also very resilient, and they were virtually unaffected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. By contrast, trees in bottomland hardwood forests snapped like matchsticks, and we lost 217 square miles of wetlands. As long as they are not cut down, cypress will continue to be storm protection for generations to come.