Living River Trust preserves 500 acres of pristine land

On April 10, 2020, the Living River Trust set aside for permanent protection nearly 500 acres of forestland at the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The 500 acres preserved for perpetuity by LRT is a key part of the amazing Dismal Swamp system, a local and national treasure. The land is at the northern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and will be incorporated into the Refuge. Most of the northern end of the Great Dismal Swamp has been drained and developed; in fact, the 500-acre parcel was once planned for a massive industrial park. This parcel is unspoiled and now preserved forever.

Read the press release here

Ferry Point Park Officially Open!

The Living River Trust is proud to have brokered a new waterfront park in Virginia Beach, protecting nine acres of wetlands and forested shores in perpetuity.  Read the media release here.

 

Ferry Point Park officially opened to the public on May 8, 2019.  Photos from the ceremony can be found here.  

 

In preparation, about 100 students from Old Donation School spent Earth Day (April 22, 2019) sprucing up the site (see more photos here).

 

The Trust raised the funds to purchase the site at 5544 Normandy Avenue in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, which will operate the new park; Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.  

The Living River Trust

Living River Trust, 475 Water St, C103A, Portsmouth, Va,  23704 Contact, John Harbin, 757-399-7487 jharbin@elizabethriver.org

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