The Great Dismal Swamp
We are used to swamps here in Louisiana. There are plenty of other huge swamps all over the US. Today we will take a closer look at the Great Dismal Swamp.
Where Is It Located?
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Formal protection of this resource began in 1973, when the Union Camp Corporation (a local forest products company) donated 49,097 acres to The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy conveyed the donated land to the federal government, which, combined with additionally purchased land, was used to establish the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in 1974.
Right now the refuge encompasses over 112,000 acres of the area.
For more information visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Great_Dismal_Swamp/about.html
How Did It Get Its Name?
British colonists gave the area its name centuries ago. As a matter of fact, Col. William Byrd II, an 18th century planter, is said to first have given it that name on maps during his 1728 expedition to survey the border line between Virginia and North Carolina, experts say. And, this comes as no surprise, as temperatures can reach over 100 degrees during hot summers. Since it is a swamp, it is also very humid and home to thorns and thickets as well as mosquitoes, ticks and yellow flies and other insects. The black panthers that used to live in the area are gone now, but you can still find plenty of black bears and poisonous snakes.