Virginia: Chincoteague NWR, Wash Flats Restoration

The majority of Chincoteague Wash Flats' freshwater wetlands are managed as moist-soil management units or "pools." These managed areas are important to a variety of wildlife, including shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. The saltwater marshes that lie to the west of the barrier islands are some of the Atlantic Flyway's most productive habitat. A variety of mollusks and crustaceans live and feed in the refuge's salt marshes. This habitat is vital to American black ducks and many other migratory birds for nesting and feeding.

To maintain this crucial habitat, Ducks Unlimited and its partners replaced six faulty water-control structures in the Chincoteague North and South Wash Flats. These structures manage water levels on approximately 1,500 acres of freshwater wetlands and prevent saltwater intrusion into the pools.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most visited refuges in the country. The refuge allows waterfowling and deer hunting. It is also a popular spot for Atlantic Flyway bird watching. Trails abound in the refuge and allow for excellent viewing of wildlife.

Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, The Altria Group, Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, Chincoteague Elderhostel and Ducks Unlimited