Coastal habitats provide living and feeding areas for animals, and are also economically important. There are many different kinds of coastal habitats in New York State, including marshes, wetlands, mud and sandflats, beaches, rocky shores, riverine wetlands and riparian corridors, stream, bay and harbor bottoms, submerged aquatic vegetation beds, dunes, old fields, grasslands and woodlands and forests.
For each designated Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat site, a habitat map and narrative are created to provide site-specific information. The habitat narrative constitutes a record of the basis for the significant coastal fish and wildlife habitat's designation and provides specific information regarding the fish and wildlife resources that depend on this area. General information is also provided to assist in evaluating impacts of proposed activities on characteristics of the habitat which are essential to the habitat's values.