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Written by Fran Severn   
Friday, 07 January 2011 15:36


One of the more sobering displays at both the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague National Seashore Visitors’ Centers concerns the future of the barrier islands. Whether the result of man-made global warming or the natural cycle of the earth, the waters are rising. The displays show the contours of the islands and mainland as it was in the past, where they are now, and what’s predicted to happen.


The US Fish & Wildlife Service is charged with developing conservations plans for all of the lands under its control. The Chincoteague Refuge is one of them. It’s in the middle of developing its mandated 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan, which will set the direction for how the Refuge will operate during that time. It’s not just how to protect the wildlife and waterfowl as the climate and terrain change but practical things like managing traffic and balancing increasing tourism with ecology.


The FWS is hosting public scoping meetings where people can talk directly to FWS staff about what they see as the problems, concerns, and possible solutions at the Refuge. The next one is January 13 at the Old Train Station, 200 Belt St., Snow Hill, MD from 6-8 p.m. It’s an informal Open House style meeting. If you can’t make it, but want to comment, write to CNWR, attn, CCP Coordinator, Box 62, Chincoteague, VA 23336. You can also e-mail comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Put “Chincoteague” in the subject line.


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