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[photo, Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), Maryland] There are hundreds of islands in Maryland. While most are inhabited, several islands, such as Assateague Island and Poplar Island, are reserved as parks and wildlife refuges.

Over time, the number of islands in Maryland has decreased. Rising sea levels have caused many islands in the Chesapeake Bay, including Sharps Island and Three Sisters Island, to disappear. Others, such as Smith Island, are in danger of being flooded.

Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


The Department of Natural Resources has developed a program that conserves areas along the coast, including marshlands, that serve as natural buffers against tidal surges and erosion.

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[photo, Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), Maryland] WORCESTER COUNTY

Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


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