Garden club hosts Poplar Island expert


EASTON — Garden Club of the Eastern Shore presents Lorie Staver, Ph.D., associate research scientist at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge.

Staver will speak at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Talbot County Free Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

Through their research HPL has helped provide a better understanding of the worlds estuarine and ocean ecosystems. Staver will speak on the environmental restoration of Poplar Island in Talbot County in the Chesapeake Bay.

The island at one time supported about 100 residents, several farms, a school, a church, post office and a saw mill. In the 1920’s the island succumbed to erosion and residents began leaving. All that remained by the early 1990s were about four acres of inlets rising just above the water line.

Staver’s dissertation focused on the restoration project of Poplar Island where nutrient-rich dredge material from the shipping channels in the upper Chesapeake Bay is being used to reestablish the island, its upland and tidal marsh habitat. The environmental restoration of the island has become an international model for the use of dredged material.

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