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Ruritan Club forum examines shoreline management methods

About three dozen people took part in a public forum on options for managing Gloucester County’s 600-plus miles of shoreline at a forum hosted by the Abingdon Ruritan Club.

Karen Duhring, coastal scientist for VIMS’ Center for Coastal Resources Management, led the April 25 forum, which was held at the club building in Bena. Donna Milligan and Scott Hardaway of the Shoreline Studies Program at VIMS and Beth Johnson, finance director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, were also speakers.

Duhring kicked off the program by describing how research and decision tools developed at VIMS can help property owners understand and manage their shoreline situations. Duhring focused on the Gloucester County shoreline and tidal marsh inventories, and how these mapping studies support VIMS’s Shoreline Management Model.

“The model gives suggestions for best practices to protect the shoreline while also maintaining valuable habitats that all Gloucester citize...

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