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THe Nature Conservancy, Virginia

Climate Change Challenge: rising seas

Grant Award: $149,744; Year Awarded: 2011

Climate change adaptation strategies will be demonstrated on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to inform the expansion and restoration of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Projects will restore a functional oyster reef, improve 300 linear feet of living shoreline, create 7,000 square feet of tidal salt marsh and enhance more than an acre of existing, emergent wetlands. Once demonstrated, these types of interventions can be readily replicated along the Eastern seaboard.