MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

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[photo, Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), Maryland]
  • Islands (by county)
  • A Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for the State of Maryland (October 2000)
  • Hundreds of islands are found in Maryland. While most are inhabited, several islands, such as Assateague Island and Poplar Island, are reserved as parks and wildlife refuges.

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


    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. Still others, such as Hart-Miller Island, have increased in size from extensive deposits of dredged materials. To ensure the preservation of island plants, wildlife, and ecology, some private individuals have donated islands to the State of Maryland.

    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.


    MARYLAND ISLANDS
    (by county)


    ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

    BALTIMORE COUNTY

    CALVERT COUNTY

    CECIL COUNTY

    CHARLES COUNTY

    DORCHESTER COUNTY

    FREDERICK COUNTY

    GARRETT COUNTY

    HARFORD COUNTY

    KENT COUNTY

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY

    ST. MARY'S COUNTY

    SOMERSET COUNTY

    TALBOT COUNTY

    WASHINGTON COUNTY

    WICOMICO COUNTY


    [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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