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Grayson Highlands State Park

Snakes, bees, inclement weather, rough terrain; sometimes you can run into some pretty challenging things when working in the field. On the other hand, you can experience some pretty neat things such as wild ponies and spectacular scenery, as our environmental team did recently while working in Grayson Highlands State Park. The park is located in Mouth of Wilson, VA, the far southwest of the Commonwealth bordering North Carolina. It is comprised of just over 4,500 acres and offers views of the highest peaks in Virginia. Wild ponies were introduced to the park in 1974 to prevent reforestation of the highland balds. [caption id="attachment_5416" align="alignleft" width="300"] Moonrise at Grayson Highland State Park[/caption]                 The ponies kept a close eye on our environmental scientists while they conducted a geophysical survey in order to help solve a water shortage at the Hickory Ridge Campground in the park. Draper Aden Associates was retained by Racey Engineering to...

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Employee Spotlight: Tyler Emery

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back on the first Monday of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Tyler Emery Title: Senior Project Technician Division: Environmental Hometown: Bent Mountain, VA Birthday: June 10   Favorite thing about working at DAA? Flexibility in my schedule.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? The ANGDC Natural Gas Pipeline wetland and stream delineation for the Clinch River Power Plant stands out in my mind. I really enjoyed the work and meeting a lot of the property owners as we worked through their properties. It was a large project and I feel like I gained a lot of experience by getting a chance to be a part of it.   Favorite quote or words of wisdom?   “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is...

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Poplar Island and Draper Aden Associates: A Success Story

When a barrier island fades away and disappears—whether due to natural or human-influenced causes—it’s rare that it’s given a second chance to reappear. Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Port Administration, along with help, in part, by Draper Aden Associates, one such success story exists—Poplar Island. Located some 34 miles southeast of Baltimore, Poplar Island is now a textbook example of barrier island restoration gone right. Up until the 1920s, the Island was home to a small community of fishers and farmers and then, eventually, acted as a hunting retreat until 1946. During that time however, the island quickly eroded, a natural process intensified by rising sea levels, and by 1990, only five of the original 1,100 acres remained. Talks began in the early 1990s to establish a restoration plan for Poplar Island. Given that the Port of Baltimore dredges an estimated 4.7 million cubic yards of...

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