Welcome to the Northern Neck Wetlands Project section of our website! This is the place to find the latest news about preserving the beautiful wetlands of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Keeping Team Wetlands up to date is key to communicating our message, so feel free to send announcements, information and resource links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are welcome!
Check out our two new projects:
Meet the Northern Neck Wetlands Project Advisory Group (NNWPAG). The purpose of the group is to “set the course” for implementing recommendations from the May 2014 Wetlands Summit. Progress reports will be posted here. Members of the Advisory Group:
- Stuart McKenzie – NN Planning District Commission (NNPDC)
- Lisa Hull – NN Planning District Commission (NNPDC)
- Bobbie Burton – Consortium for Environmental Stewardship (CES)
- Janet Pawlukiewitz – Native Plant Society of Virginia, NN Chapter (NNNPS)
January, 2016 ~ Launch of the Northern Neck Wetlands Adventure Trail.
October 7, 2015 ~ The Wetlands and Shoreline Workshop for contractors fulfilled another educational goal set at The Wetlands Summit in May 2014. Read the full report and check out the on-line “Table of Contents” for the “Contractor’s Toolbox” manual.
February 24, 2015 ~ The Shoreline Erosion Advisory Services (SEAS) program was re-funded by the Virginia General Assembly. Great news for residents of Virginia’s coastal areas!
October 21, 2014 ~ NNWPAG participated in a Shoreline Erosion Tour organized for state officials and legislators by the NN Soil and Water Conservation District and the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The goal of the event was to demonstrate the need for re-instatement of the Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service Program (SEAS) for property owners, as well as a cost-share program that addresses shoreline erosion.
- Review the NNWPAG summary included in the Shoreline Erosion Tour Technical Presentation.
- Review the NNSWCD summary of the day’s events.
- Review Bay Journal coverage of the event.
November 5, 2014 ~ What do wetlands and great burgers have in common? Bring your appetite, friends and neighbors to the Northern Neck Burger Company between 3 and 10pm! Northern Neck Burger Company will donate 10% of profits to The Wetlands Project. All proceeds will benefit wetlands conservation on the Northern Neck. ~ 62 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock, VA 22482
October 2, 2014 ~ The Northern Neck Master Naturalists Board approved development work on The Wetlands Project educational program “Wetlands 101″ for volunteer credit hours. Master Naturalists interested in working on this program will receive credit through project E5l. For more information, contact Kate Daniel: email@example.com
September 18, 2014 ~ NNWPAG strategy meeting in preparation for October 21 Shoreline Erosion Tour: Focus of our short presentation and briefing document will be our success in building momentum for wetlands conservation across a broad base of local officials, volunteer organizations and concerned citizens. This approach draws from the simple concept of “collaborative impact” to advance the idea that we can accomplish more by communicating a common message together.
August 19, 2014 ~ First meeting of NNWPAG! Immediate goals of the group focus on developing a Northern Neck “Wetlands 101” educational campaign for property owners:
- Create an editorial calendar for regular placement of articles
- Create a speakers bureau and calendar
- Create a document of “talking points” that communicates our common wetlands preservation message
- Create an opt-in communication network
- Create a clearing house and point of contact for storing/disseminating information (for the time being, this website will host this information)
- Host a wetlands plant ID workshop
- Create a program such as River Wise Homes or James River Heroes to acknowledge property owners for voluntary wetlands conservation activities on their property
- Roll-out a riparian buffer protection campaign similar to the NNNPS “Go Native, Grow Native” project.
Some Excellent On-Line Resources:
Follow the progress of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement: http://www.chesapeakebay.net/chesapeakebaywatershedagreement/page
Download a copy of the Chesapeake Watershed Agreement
VIMS Field Guide to Virginia Salt and Brackish Marsh Plants: http://ccrm.vims.edu/publications/pubs/8x11brochureannotated2rh.pdf
NOAA Wetlands Benefits Snapshots (by county): http://www.csc.noaa.gov/snapshots/
US Fish and Wildlife Service – Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/