About the Dormitzer Saltmarsh

A coastal saltmarsh or tidal marsh, this property is regularly flooded by the tides. It has dense stands of salt-tolerant plants such as herbs, grasses and low shrubs and provides
nesting and cover for egrets, herons,
and other bird and animal life.

Use: wildlife habitat, coastal protection

Steward: Jeff Waal

Location: saltmarsh on the west shore of the Gulf River

Public Access: solely by boat

Parking: none




Dormitzer Saltmarsh.

In December 1990 Julia M. Dormitzer granted 4.7 acres of land (actually salt marsh, completely submerged at the highest tides) on the west shore of the Gulf River. Acquisition of additional salt marsh to the south in 1999 (see Pegram Preserve) places almost 4,000 feet of the Gulf’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.

A salt marsh, also known as a coastal salt marsh or a tidal marsh, is a coastal ecosystem in the upper coastal intertidal zone between land and open salt water or brackish water that is regularly flooded by the tides. It 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 and the delivery of nutrients to coastal waters. They also support terrestrial animals and provide coastal protection.