Barrier Islands
12:26 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Protecting Virginia's Coastal Wilderness

Credit 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.

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.

Map of Lands Owned by the Nature Conservancy
Map of Lands Owned by the Nature Conservancy