Join us for a walk along a living shoreline at Leesylvania State Park led by ecologist Charles Smith and project designer Tom Dombrowski.
As sea levels rise, erosion of our Potomac River shoreline will increasingly threaten wetlands and wildlife habitats, and reduce the abundance of key bird and other species.
A variety of approaches to protect these important resources are available, ranging from hard fixes to investments to enhance natural areas.
Living shorelines use natural materials and vegetation to reduce erosion and provide habitat. Traditional shoreline protection uses rock and man-made materials that often fail, are unattractive and do not support wildlife.
By mixing traditional materials with native plants, biodegradable matting and wood, attractive, stable shorelines can be created that protect wetlands and host numerous animal species.
Learn how the living shoreline at Leasylvania State Park was designed and functions, and observe the many benefits it provides to local communities and the Chesapeake Bay.
RSVP required to alliance@ pwconserve.org or 703.499.4954. Meet in the main (last) parking lot.