Tidewater Times June 2019

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You Can Own the Chesapeake’s Riches Without Acquiring Property by Tom Horton

I grew up middle class but land rich: roaming hundreds of acres of woods and marsh, hunting properties owned by my dad’s poultry company and his best friend. And I always dreamed that someday I’d be wealthy enough to afford my own wonderful, big chunk of the Chesapeake, a dream that receded after I stopped pursuing chicken moguldom for newspapering.

But there are a lot of ways to “own” land, as it has turned out ~ and many ways to become “rich.” The most obvious way is to know and support the lands you already own ~ your nearby national treasures, which for me include Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague and Blackwater national wildlife refuges. Despite the millions who visit

A visitor explores a path to the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. (Photo by Dave Harp) 45