A wonderful property containing 27 acres of forested wetland, 46 acres of forested upland, and 17 acres of agricultural has been purchased and added to The Nature Conservancy's Nassawango Creek preserve. Known as the Cordrey property, the land and is located on two tributaries to Nassawango Creek which flows into the Pocomoke River.
The agricultural fields, consisting of hydric soils, will be restored into wetlands by planting forested wetland trees and shrubs and creating hummock and shallow pool habitats. The forested wetland portion is dominated by bald cypress, black gum and red maple trees. There are 20-acres of remnant old growth forest that may contain the state-record bald cypress tree, as well as a rare upland forest dominated by large American holly, sweetgum, and sassafras, many of which are the largest of their kind in Wicomico County.
Rare species found on this property include the state-endangered Swainson’s warbler and thread-leaved gerardia, as well as the state-threatened wild lupine. The state-endangered frosted elfin may also occur here as wild lupine is the primary host plant for the larval stage of this gossamer-winged butterfly.
In addition to protecting and restoring breeding, migration, and wintering habitat for migratory birds, including the Swainson’s warbler, protection of this property will protect a rare old growth forest community.
The land is also rich in history. It has been in the same family since the Revolutionary War, when it was awarded to one of the ancestors for their service in the Continental Army.This protection is part of a larger project that is protecting 2077 acres of forested wetlands and nearby uplands and restoring 707 acres of forested and emergent wetlands in the Pocomoke River watershed.