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Zucchino discusses the structure of maritime forests. Among the functions of these trees are conserving groundwater by reducing evaporation and providing hurricane protection to barrier islands. The author discusses how early fishing villages were built in relation to the forests, the less sensitive approach to development that began after World War II, and how development in West Pine Knoll Shores dealt with maritime forests.
During the last twenty years, the importance of ensuring proper land planning and landscape management on barrier islands has been firmly established. Culminating with the passage and implementation of the North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act of 1974, the overall planning and management process for barrier islands has substantially improved the balance between island development activities and the ability of the barrier island to maintain its essential ecological and geomorphological functions and processes. This includes the considerable role of maritime forests in the overall maintenance of the barrier island ecosystem.