Assateague Coastal Trust
ACT To Protect Our Coastal Bays
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ACT has a long history of environmental advocacy in the Maryland and Virginia coastal bays region, beginning with its landmark efforts in the early 1970s to preserve the unspoiled character of Assateague Island, which is now protected as a National Seashore.

The oldest environmental advocacy organization protecting the coastal bays, ACT has grown to include over 700 members and community partners. Our Watershed, the Atlantic coastal bays watershed includes the eastern portions of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Known for its rich soils and productive waters, the region has traditionally supported vibrant farming, fishing, and tourism industries. The watershed is home to a host of wildlife species who thrive in habitats as diverse as pine forests, salt marshes, and freshwater creeks.

But recent years have witnessed increasing development pressure. Poorly-planned growth threatens the area’s environmental health, rural character, and high quality of life. As one of the only advocacy organizations working to protect the coastal bays watershed, ACT is uniquely suited to combat these negative trends. With the help of its volunteers and supporters, ACT is committed to keep working for clean water, open space, and controlled growth in the coastal bays region.

ACT works to preserve the coastal bays through its Advocacy, Education and Conservation programs.

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