Poplar Island

Tours and educational programs at Poplar Island focus on the beneficial use of dredged material to form remote island habitat. Tours will cover erosion and sedimentation, habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, and species diversity. Participants will also learn about cultural history on the Chesapeake from the 1600's through today.

Tours are open to school groups, community organizations, and individuals. With prior notification, tour themes and activities can be customized to your needs and interests.

Contact: Poplar Island Tour Coordinator at poplartours@menv.com or 410-770-6503.

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About Poplar Island

Poplar Island, located in Talbot County, Maryland, is estimated to have comprised 1,140 acres in 1847, supporting over 100 human residents and diverse wildlife. Extensive erosion reduced the island to five acres by the 1990s.

In 1994, a team of federal and state environmental agencies, including the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Port Administration, launched plans to restore the island to its historic size. Today, Poplar Island is an international model for the beneficial use of dredged material.

By using the most modern technology, wetland and upland habitats have been integrated into the island restoration from the outset of the project. Poplar Island already serves as a wintering site, transient stop, and nesting location for local and migratory wildfowl. It also provides shelter and quiet water habitats for diamondback terrapins, crabs, rockfish and killfish. For more information, see the Poplar Island Fact Sheet.