The Nature Conservancy and Norfolk Southern Foundation Team Up to Restore
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
RICHMOND, Va. and NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 26, 2012
RICHMOND, Va.and NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern
Foundation is continuing its generous support of The Nature Conservancy and
its restoration efforts in the Dismal Swamp with a new $25,000 grant. The
funds will help The Conservancy and partners install two water control systems
and identify the most effective way to manage water flow in the swamp to
reduce the threat of intense peat fires like the ones that threatened the
region in 2011 and 2008.
"We appreciate Norfolk Southern Foundation's continued support and commitment
to Virginia's residents and natural heritage," said Michael Lipford, executive
director of The Nature Conservancy in Virginia. "Active water management in
the Dismal Swamp will reduce the threat of intense peat fires that sent smoke
as far away as Annapolis, Md., and burned more than 6,500 acres of forest and
swamp. The smoke created real health concerns for Hampton Roads residents."
Costs related to the 2011 fire and another in 2008 totaled more than $20
million combined, underscoring the need to restore the water that has been
drained from the swamp through ditches – some 200 years old and dug under the
direction of George Washington – and to actively manage water flow in the
"The Norfolk Southern Foundation is proud to partner with The Nature
Conservancy in restoring this important natural resource," said Blair Wimbush,
NS vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer. "We are
committed to carbon sequestration and preservation of important wildlife
habitat. Improving water flow in the Great Dismal Swamp is a positive step for
the health of the ecosystem and for local air quality."
This project will complement the pending installation of several other water
control systems in the refuge and in Dismal Swamp State Park to the south. The
112,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created through a
donation to The Nature Conservancy from Union Camp Corporation in 1972, and
this project demonstrates The Conservancy's long-term commitment to finding
solutions and lasting benefits for people and nature.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around
the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and
people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected
nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates
approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia,
serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides
efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the
most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of
coal and industrial products.
SOURCE Norfolk Southern Corporation
Contact: For The Nature Conservancy: Tom McCann, +1-703-841-5317,
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+1-757-629-2718, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Investors: Michael Hostutler,
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