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Christopher F. Miller

Chris is a Conservation Agronomist with USDA-NRCS and is currently the Manager of the Cape May Plant Materials Center. This facility is focused primarily on collecting, testing and selecting plant materials for coastal stabilization applications.

Previously, he served as a regional Field Plant Materials Specialist providing plant science consultation to NRCS State technical specialists and field offices in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. This involved assisting with vegetative recommendations for many NRCS conservation practices and plant applications, including critical area stabilization, conservation cover, pollinator habitat creation, filter strips, riparian areas, and wetland restoration. He also provided guidance to other Federal, State and partner agencies on plant selection for stabilizing disturbed and eroding areas including dunes, tidal shorelines and streambanks, mined areas, Superfund sites and phytoremediation applications using native plant materials and innovative planting techniques.

Chris served as NRCS Project Liaison in 2019 with the Northeast and Southeast USDA Climate Hubs. Chris lead a project to assess the impact of sea level rise, coastal flooding and saltwater inundation on agricultural producers in the Eastern and Gulf Coast states. He continues to develop alternative adaptive management strategies and protocols that producers can implement to reduce the amount of cropland and crop productivity lost by increased soil salt concentrations. In addition, various practices and methods were also assessed to potentially restore and/or improve the ecosystem services of these salt impacted, marginal lands.

Research brief Article
Featured Work

Wooton, L., Miller, J., Miller, C., Peek, M., Williams, A., and Rowe, P. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Dune Manual. 2016.

Salon, P.R. and C. F. Miller., A Guide to Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast. USDA-NRCS, Plant Materials Program, Big Flats Plant Materials Center, Corning, NY. 2012.

Dickerson, J.A., Wark, B., Burgdorf, D.W., Bush, T., Miller, C.F., Maher, R., Poole, W., Vegetating with Native Grasses in Northeastern North America.1997. USDA-NRCS and Ducks Unlimited – Canada.

Adaptation Strategies to Alleviate the Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Saltwater Inundation on Agricultural Land

Stabilizing Coastal Bluff Erosion

Chris Miller


  • Manager, Cape May Plant Materials Center
  • 2019 NRCS Project Liaison


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Cape May Plant Materials Center
1536 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Phone Number

609-465-5901 x 6352


Focus Area

  • Coastal plant adaptations with changing climate
  • Carbon sequestration in native grass stands
  • Growing conservation plants as an alternative, niche income crop in marginal areas