The Great Dismal Swamp located in the coastal plain on the Virginia- North Carolina border, has long been recognized as a vegetationally distinctive region with many unusual geological and biological features. Formerly at least twice the currently estimated size of 85,000 hectares (Carter 1979), the Great Dismal Swamp is still shrinking because of a dropping water table caused by more than 200 years of logging, ditching, and other human activities. In 1973, the Union Camp Corporation donated a 19,871-hectare tract located near Suffolk, Virginia. to The Nature Conservancy, which transferred the land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This parcel, all in Virginia and including the 1255-hectare Lake Drummond, became the core of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (hereafter, G.D.S.N.W.R.), established in 1974. The G.D.S.N.W.R. is still growing in size by the acquisition of land by purchase or by gift; by the end of 1980, it was 41,026 hectares, with 24 per cent (9866 hectares) in North Carolina.
Original Publication Citation
Terwilliger, K. A., & Rose, R. K. (1984). Breeding birds in cedar stands in the Great Dismal Swamp. American Birds, 38(1), 24-27.
Terwilliger, Karen A. and Rose, Robert K., "Breeding Birds in Cedar Stands in the Great Dismal Swamp" (1984). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 420.