Our very own Tori Kennedy is exploring some of the impacts that humankind has on coastal areas, focusing on the Eastern Shore of Virginia…

“Many environmental groups are working hard to counter climate change risks and help restore the water quality of the Bay. My time on the Eastern Shore of Virginia was spent working with the local land trust in Onancock interviewing a landowner whose family had donated a conservation easement on three adjacent farm just a short drive from the main part of town. The landowner, Merriweather Payne, is passionate about preserving the ecosystem of the shore and provides eco-tours on her boat in Wachapreague. I was fortunate to head out for a quick trip on her boat scouting oyster catchers and other various bird species. We also got a quick glimpse at The Nature Conservancy’s oyster colonies which are one of the latest efforts to improve the water quality. You can read more about those efforts here.”

Tori reminds us that we can help by “going plastic-free, lessening your overall ecological footprint, and volunteering for various clean-ups,” along with putting conservation easements on coastal areas.

Keep reading Tori’s article here to learn even more about coastal impacts!