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Soundings

A fresh take on the region's salty affairs

Cypress Trees as Sentinels of the Sounds

By: Marcelo Ardón, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University.  Published May 19, 2017

 Healthy stands of cypress trees. Image courtesy of G. Gundersen.
 

Bald cypress and pond cypress are two closely related tree species commonly found along the shorelines of our estuaries and rivers. More than 400 years ago, the explorer Thomas Harriott described how Native Americans made their canoes out of cypress trees. It is amazing to think that some of the trees alive back then are still living along our shores. Scientists have found bald cypress trees in North Carolina that are over 1,600 years old, meaning the trees were alive before the Europeans’ arrival. What stories could these trees tell us about the changes they have seen along our shores?

We know that our coast is changing. Erosion is taking a toll on many beaches on the Outer Banks. Tidal records going back to the 1930’s show that high tides are higher now than they used to be. Unfortunately, most of our understanding comes from the Outer Banks or the ocean front; we don’t know as much about what is happening along the shorelines of the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Cypress trees can serve as sentinels of our sounds, if we learn how to read their stories.
 

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Estuaries of National Significance

APNEP is part of the National Estuary Program (NEP), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) place-based program to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance. 

· EPA's National Estuary Program (NEP)

· Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP)

 
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Sound Reflections:
APNEP's 30th Anniversary 2017

Telling the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership Story

The United States Congress designated the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system an "estuary of national significance" in 1987. That same year, the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study (APES) was among the first of 28 National Estuary Programs established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through amendments to the Clean Water Act. To help commemorate our 30th Anniversary, we are highlighting the history of APNEP by featuring our partners-past and present-throughout 2017. 

Sound Reflections with Jeff Turner

Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program 

APNEP Service 2009-2012: APNEP Citizen’s Advisory Committee
Published May 26, 2017
 
 

 Confluence of the Blackwater and Nottoway rivers where the Chowan forms near the Virginia / North Carolina border. Photo courtesy of the Tidewater News 

Jeff Turner is the Riverkeeper, Executive Director and Founder of the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program. Founded in 2000, it is the first Riverkeeper organization in Virginia.  As Riverkeeper, Jeff patrols and protects the Blackwater and Nottoway watersheds in Virginia that flow into the Chowan and ultimately to Albemarle Sound.  He has helped with mussel, striped bass, herring, and shad research, as well as serving on the Virginia mercury advisory board.

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