Mid Atlantic states are seeing the worst of rising sea levels because the Gulf Stream is shifting northward bringing higher temperatures and higher sea levels. The rising ocean water is progressing inland and killing trees that line the coasts, leaving standing dead forests according to Climate Central. This includes cedars dying along the Bass River in New Jersey and marshes overtaking forests on Virginia’s Goodwin Island. As these trees die and salt water encroaches on fresh water marshes we loose habitat for birds and forest animals. We also loose the carbon capturing and water filtering the trees would provide.
This is a good reason to plant more trees in our backyards, schools, and streets. Especially native trees that support our birds and wildlife.
To find trees native to your area use the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant data base.