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WETLANDS Erosion, rising seas taking bay beaches and marshes

Erosion, rising sea levels are destroying bay marshes and beaches

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  • Dameron Marsh

    Rebecca Wilson, bay-region land steward for Virginia's Natural Heritage Program, examines a tree uprooted by rising waters at Dameron Marsh in Northumberland County. She had planted this tree along with others in 1999.

Rebecca Wilson of the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, is the bay-region steward for Virginia's National Heritage Program.

Rick Myers of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:00 am

KILMARNOCK — In 1998, Virginia spent nearly $1 million to buy and protect an Edenic, hook-shaped peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay.

Called Dameron Marsh, the 316-acre tract is home to sandy white beaches, golden marsh grasses, wintering tundra swans and rare little predators called tiger beetles.

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