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Blackwater’s future may not be so dark after marsh is complete

Even a rudimentary search on Twitter for trending stories about Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County, MD, conveys the striking duality of the place.

On one hand, there are majestic pictures of bright white migratory snow geese taking flight over the wetland, congratulatory Tweets on Blackwater being named one of the country’s “Top Conservation Areas Worth Traveling For.” There are links to personal Instagram pages where community members have posted pictures of themselves at the annual eagle and raptor festivals.

On the other hand, there is the chesapeakebay.net photo of the week that shows dark blue patches in stark contrast to the bright yellow-gold of the marsh grasses. These are the 8,000 acres of marsh that have been lost to the ocean, the very thing threatening Blackwater’s existence, slowly erasing it from the map.

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Trees, please

I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head. —William Butler Yeats People feel better out under the trees. So do most songbirds, owls, butterflies and brook trout. So do our creeks, soil microbes and water...

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