Eco-Tourism

THE SCUPPERNONG STORY

“The Scuppernong Story” is an environmental history of a small coastal system through approximately 125,000 years of climate change and landscape evolution. The cultural over-print on these landscapes and their ecosystems represent eleven millennia of human occupation. This story is the natural and cultural history of a dynamic geologic landscape, a complex and highly diverse set of ecosystems, and the human groups who inhabited this region characterized by dramatic environmental evolution.

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PROPOSED SCUPPERNONG TRAIL SYSTEM OF POCOSINS, CAROLINA BAYS, & BLACK-WATER STREAMS

From a natural history point of view, the Scuppernong coastal system is a “wildlife spectacle” that is sometimes referred to as the “Yellowstone of the East” due to the unique landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and abundance and variety of wildlife. However, there are no raw and awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains, lush high meadows with elk and bison, or geysers with boiling hot springs. Rather, the “Yellowstone of the East” is a more introspective and contemplative landscape that requires one to slow down and become acquainted with that most crucial of natural resources: WATER. This region is North Carolina’s “Land of Water”; a great mixing basin and transition zone where upland rivers meet the sea.

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FROM RIVERS TO SOUNDS
IN THE BERTIE WATER CRESCENT

A WATER-BASED VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE ECO-TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

BERTIE COUNTY, NC
The Bertie Peninsula is a long and broad finger of land that extends southeast from the Virginia-North Carolina border into the Albemarle Sound. The peninsula is bounded by the Roanoke River system along the southwest and south shores and the Chowan River system along the east shore. The lower portions of both river valleys are being flooded by the ongoing processes of rising sea level to produce the Albemarle Sound and Chowan River estuaries, respectively. The Bertie Peninsula contains a descending scale of ever smaller tributary drainage basins that flow into the larger Roanoke and Chowan trunk rivers to form the “Bertie Water Crescent”. These smaller drainage systems range from mid-scale Cashie River and Salmon Creek to the small-scale of Black Walnut and Cashoke swamps, and the very small, ephemeral streams that form steep canyons riming the highland bluffs.
Thus, the “Bertie Water Crescent” is a complex of different kinds of water drainage systems that are like a series of living organisms, continually interacting with each other and forming a diverse system of associated landscapes and complex eco-systems. Additionally, each of these waterscape and landscape components continuously respond to changing atmospheric dynamics of storm events with their extremes of wind and rain. This dramatic setting of natural resources defines Bertie County with a world-class water system that can be utilized as a foundation for sustainable economic development.
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