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Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

At Home in an Ecotone

 
 
At Home in an Ecotone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
1. At Home in an Ecotone Marker
Inscription. An ecotone is a transition between two adjacent ecosystems. Areas where these different habitats meet and overlay support plant and animal species from both constraints. Because of this, they’re often the busiest and best places for observing an amazing diversity of wildlife.

This special area of habit exists at Mason Neck State Park and nearby Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, where almost 3,000 acres of open space has been protected. Here, the gradual transition occurs, from hardwood forests and fresh water streams to marshes, salt water and sandy beaches.

Forest trees among wetland grasses or tidal systems provide more food, better cover and safer nesting areas for wildlife. Raptors and wading birds hunt in creeks, marshes and bays, using mature forest trees for shelter and habitation. Migrating birds winter in the protected marshlands and nearby open waters. Other birds arrive over the warmer months to breed and raise young within the park’s deep streamside forests.

Help protect critical wildlife habitat by staying on marked trails. Keep clear of nests, dens, and rookeries that provide the conditions necessary for their survival.

Vision and Perseverance

Elizabeth Hartwell is remembered fondly as the Eagle Lady for her tireless leadership in efforts to preserve the natural
At Home in an Ecotone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
2. At Home in an Ecotone Marker
environment of the Mason Neck when development threatened in the 1960s. In the face of opposition and derision she stood tall and expressed a preservation vision, winning support from the public and policy makers alike.
 
Location. 38° 38.595′ N, 77° 11.989′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from High Point Road 2.3 miles south of Gunston Road (Virginia Route 242/600). Click for map. This marker is located near the boat launch in Mason Neck State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7301 High Point Road, Lorton VA 22079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birds Then and Now (here, next to this marker); Delaying Tactics (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War in the Chesapeake (about 400 feet away); Vision, Initiative, and Dedication (about 500 feet away); Belmont Bay ~ End of the Water (approx. 2.1 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Colchester (approx. 2.8 miles away); Early Land Patents (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lorton.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
Bald Eagle Exhibit in the Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
3. Bald Eagle Exhibit in the Visitor Center
The Battle for the Preservation of Mason Neck image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2016
4. The Battle for the Preservation of Mason Neck
This exhibit is located in the Visitor Center at Mason Neck State Park.
Sign at the entrance of Mason Neck State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 28, 2015
5. Sign at the entrance of Mason Neck State Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016.
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