Protecting Virginia’s Coastal Wilderness

Barrier PhotoCourtesy of Lindsay Renick Mayer via WAMU

Photo: Lindsay Renick Mayer via WAMU

Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a narrow finger of land separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard. As Rebecca Sheir tells us, in part two of this series– scientists have been working to restore the unique ecosystem of the area – especially its 23 barrier islands: dynamic, shifting land masses that buffer the mainland from storms… and provide a home for sea grasses, birds and shellfish.

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