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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program - APNEP- Hydrologic Restoration

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program

 Hydrologic Restoration at Great Dismal Swamp and Alligator River

Dismal Swamp State Park, images courtesy of N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation   Dismal Swamp State Park, images courtesy of N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

With APNEP support, The Nature Conservancy will undertake large-scale hydrological restoration projects at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Dismal Swamp. By restoring the flow of water to lands previously drained by agricultural ditching, native ecosystems will be enhanced while reducing the risk of large, peat-fueled wildfires like the recent 45,000 acre Pains Bay Fire. These properties are among the largest forested areas in the eastern United States and provide important freshwater flows to sounds. They also support several globally-rare natural communities, two federally endangered species and a rich diversity of wetland-dependent wildlife.

Amount awarded by APNEP: $74,500

Total project cost: $153, 502

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