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Walker Farm Marsh is an historic salt marsh that was altered by a number of roads and dam structures that restrict the amount of inflowing salt water. Restricted tidal flow, decreased salinity in the marsh, and impoundment of open water have resulted in the invasion of common reed, Phragmites australis, throughout the wetland, and the flooding of the historic marsh. 

The spread of Phragmites in Walker Farm marsh was first identified in 1980 when the Osamequin Management Plan suggested controlling its growth. Plans to restore Walker Farm marsh were developed by Save The Bay in partnership with local, state, and federal government agencies. Project funding was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationRestore America's Estuaries and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The goal of this restoration project is to increase the aerial of salt marsh to approximately 15 acres.  The restoration occurred in the summer of 2005.

Project Goals

  • reintroduce tidal flow to the marsh in order to reestablish the native marsh plant communities.
  • decrease the height and vigor of the invasive reed Phragmites australis
  • increase fish and bird usage of the marsh.



Where is Walker Farm? Link here to our Bay Mapto find out (scroll down on the left hand side of the page to find Walker Farm). 

Above is some of the restoration work done at Walker Farm Marsh. A low impact machine is being used to regrade the bank next to one of the channels in the marsh. This will better allow salt water to get up on to the marsh and help to reduce the density and extent of the invasive reed, Phragmites australis, as well as provide better habitat for the low marsh grass, Spartina alterniflora, salt marsh cordgrass.  

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