This preserve is 1193 acres of freshwater tidal marsh and upland buffer along the Pamunkey River about 30 miles east of Richmond. Cumberland Marsh supports perhaps the greatest biological diversity on the Pamunkey River, including nesting bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons and egrets as well as the sensitive joint-vetch, a federally threatened member of the pea family. Situated along the Atlantic Flyway, the marsh is important migratory and wintering habitat for waterfowl.
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interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
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conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
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