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Doe Creek Wildlife Management Area

Site Description

  • State: Virginia
  • County: Accomack
  • Ownership: State

Impoundments

  • 10 impoundments: 381 total acres

Ecology and Management

The impoundments at Doe Creek WMA provide habitat to many waterfowl, shorebirds, saltmarsh birds, wading birds, and provides breeding and wintering habitat to many species as well. This area also provides habitat for a range of invertebrates, fish, amphibians and reptiles, and mammals. The habitats that exist within the complex face a range of natural threats, including an ongoing invasion of Phragmites. The impoundments were constructed primarily for waterfowl management, which is still the primary management focus today. Waterfowl are managed through moist soil management.

Vulnerability

No erosion, over-topping, or storm damage has been documented to date. However, based on its location on the Eastern Shore, there could be some potential for future impacts.

Human Value

The WMA and its impoundments are located on the Eastern Shore in a relatively rural area. The area is primarily used for hunting and not educational purposes. No data exist on the number of visitors.

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Steve Living, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, for providing helpful information used on this page.

Literature Resources

Below is a list of articles describing research occurring at or near the impoundments:
  • None available