Along with coral reefs, fringing mangrove forests dramatically reduce wave energy, flooding, and strong winds associated with hurricanes. These storms can strip canopies, snap and uproot trees, and submerge smaller ones via high storm surge. While these initial impacts are clearly destructive, there is evidence that hurricanes also provide benefits to mangroves forests.
It's not a secret that Florida is known for its abundance of amusement parks and golf courses, but oftentimes the beautiful natural parks that spread all throughout the state are overlooked! Florida is home to 175 state parks, 9 state trails and over 700 springs.