Not only do surrounding communities use the Refuge as protection from storms, but for eco-tourism. Credit: Steve Droter

“Protecting the wetlands from any future development and restoring them has benefited the local area against storm surge,” says Simmons. The value of Blackwater NWR doesn’t stop there. “Tourism is huge around here. Blackwater NWR brings in a lot of people visiting the refuge for photography, wildlife observation, fishing and hunting. People come from all along the East Coast just to see Blackwater.” Credit: Steve Droter

Not only do surrounding communities use the Refuge as protection from storms, but for eco-tourism. Credit: Steve Droter

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