The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge planted 280,760 trees in 2000 in the first phase of a three year project. The site had been clearcut and was not regenerating due to the massive size of the clearcut area. The land surrounding the refuge is quickly being encroached upon by human expansion and restoration of the site is crucial for the long-term viability of black bear, southeastern short-tailed shrew (an endangered species) and other refuge wildlife populations. Additional funding for this project was awarded by Ducks Unlimited, Virginia Dept. of Forestry, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Alligator River, PeeDee, Roanoke and Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuges.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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