The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge planted over 460,000 trees on 767 acres in 2001 in the second 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 Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
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