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About FODM

The Friends of Dyke Marsh (FODM) was formed in 1975 by a group of local people who, initially, wanted to stop plans to use the marsh as a dumping ground for dredged river spoil. This was yet another insult to the wetland; in the 1930s, construction debris had been heaped into the marsh and some of it is still visible today. The group formally organized as a non-profit organization for the purpose of cooperating with the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) in promoting the well-being of the marsh and preserving and restoring it. FODM was incorporated in 1976.

Since 1975, the Friends have continued and expanded their volunteer work. Our efforts include holding quarterly meetings and other programs open to the public; publishing a newsletter titled The Marsh Wren; raising money to sponsor scientific studies of the marsh; conducting nature walks; conducting surveys, including the annual breeding bird survey; hosting trash cleanups; preparing informational materials; encouraging public stewardship; maintaining this website and a Facebook page; and helping NPS control invasive plants.

The Friends also advocate for conservation and restoration and oppose inappropriate activities that degrade the health of the marsh as a wildlife habitat.

Our Mission

The Friends of Dyke Marsh is dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, in cooperation with the National Park Service, as a vital wildlife habitat, through education, science and stewardship. Our vision is that Dyke Marsh is once again a healthy, vital, self-sustaining, biodiverse ecosystem.

Thanks go to our many supporters, including many public officials.

 

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Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. is a non-profit ?501(c)(3) organization.
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Last Revised: June 27, 2015