The Reserve is in the beginning stages of the Habitat Mapping and Change program. The purpose of the program is to track and evaluate short-term variability and long-term changes in the extent and type of habitats within the Reserve. Possible causes of any habitat change will be studied. The Reserve used aerial imagery of the entire Reserve and field surveys of a portion of the Reserve to determine the types of habitats present. Monitoring equipment will be installed to measure changes in sea level, tides, sediment level, and ground water and soil characteristics. In addition, vegetation monitoring will be conducted annually at select sites.