Dameron Marsh tour slated April 19
, 2014


Dameron Marsh tour slated April 19

Northern Neck Master Gardeners water steward Sue Lindsey will conduct a tour of the Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve on April 19.

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Sue Lindsey to lead program and tour of Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve.

The group will meet at 10 a.m. at Shiloh School at Shiloh School and Balls Neck roads for a presentation about the 316 acres at Dameron Marsh, its salt marshes, beaches, and shrub-forest-habitats. A walk in the preserve will follow.

Every visit to Dameron Marsh reveals something new or different, said Lindsey. Volatile characteristics of the high-energy shoreline transform the scene. 

“It’s amazing to see,” she said.    

“Following the 1998 acquisition of the property by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Dameron Marsh has been allowed to return to its natural state, making it an ideal place for research,” explained Lindsey. “Soybean fields are long gone, and wildlife dependent upon native plants have returned. The most dramatic change has been erosion, eating away at the beach; every nor’easter carves out another chunk of land. Uprooted trees in the sand witness to the power of these tides.”

Lindsey specializes in living shorelines, incorporating native plants.  Since 2012 she has offered “Shoreline Evaluation Assistance” to area residents. 

“Sue Lindsey is a popular speaker and nature interpreter; she welcomes children, newcomers and experts to the April 19 program at Shiloh School to learn about and to enjoy Dameron Marsh, an unusual hook-shaped peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay,”said Jane Towner, who planned the program for Northumberland Preservation Inc.


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