Dormitzer Salt Marsh

In December 1990 Julia M. Dormitzer granted 4.7 acres of salt marsh on the west shore of the Gulf River to the Trust. The salt marsh is completely submerged at the highest tides. Acquisition of additional salt marsh to the south in 1999 (Pegram Preserve) places almost 4,000 feet of the Gulf River’s southwest shore under permanent protection.

It is not marked by a CCT sign as the Board thought it would detract from the natural landscape.

Once harvested for its salt hay, the marsh is now habitat for egrets, herons, and other bird and animal life.

The property is dominated by salt-tolerant plants that are terrestrial in origin and are essential to the stability of the salt marsh in trapping and binding sediments. Salt marshes play a large role in the aquatic food web, in the delivery of nutrients to coastal waters, the support of terrestrial animals, and provide coastal protection.

 

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