Friends of Dyke Marsh
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Friends of Dyke Marsh is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing Dyke Marsh, a freshwater tidal marsh in Fairfax County on the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia. The Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is administered by the National Park Service.
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$25 Million to Restore Dyke Marsh
“What we witnessed during Hurricane Sandy was that our public lands and other natural areas are often the best defense against Mother Nature,” Jewell said. “By stabilizing marshes and beaches, restoring wetlands, and improving the resiliency of coastal areas, we not only create opportunities for people to connect with nature and support jobs through increased outdoor recreation, but we can also provide an effective buffer that protects local communities from powerful storm surges and devastating floods when a storm like Sandy hits.”
FODM has worked for many years to restore Dyke Marsh and thanks many individuals at the National Park Service, Department of Interior, Congressman Jim Moran and other elected officials for their support.
Dyke Marsh restoration is one of 25 projects that DOI selected for funding out of 94 submitted.
The Department's announcement is online here.
Read our newsletter page for more information.
Dyke Marsh Gets TV and Online Recognition
Producers of This American Land chose the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve as one of America's little known but special places. We agree. View a video of it online here.
FODM President Glenda Booth has written an article published in the September-October 2012 Virginia Wildlife magazine titled "Virginia's Watery Wonderlands" describing wetlands in Virginia. Read the entire article.
Sunday morning bird walks
The weekly Sunday morning bird walks are held every Sunday morning all year except during the Christmas Bird Count (December 14, 2013 – January 5, 2014). Meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Belle Haven picnic area. Walks are led by experienced birders and all are welcome.
Ned Stone Is Recognized
The Trash Summit is a forum of elected officials, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses and citizens gather to develop approaches to reduce litter and waste in the Potomac watershed.
FODM Meetings in 2014
The quarterly meetings of the Friends of Dyke Marsh in 2014 will be held on
the dates below. All except the March 2 meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. The
March 2 meeting will start at 3 p.m. All meetings will be held at the
Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA
FODM Presents Dyke Marsh Photo to Senator Tim Kaine
FODM presented pictures of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve to our federal elected officials, in appreciation of their support of our efforts and the preserve: Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb and Congressmen Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and John Dingell. On August 1, FODMers Glenda Booth, Ned Stone, Trudi Hahn and Dorothy McManus met with Senator Tim Kaine and gave him a photograph of the marsh, taken by Ned Stone.
Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.