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Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore is a rural region with a wealth of historic, cultural and natural resources that distinguish it from other places in the state and country. The lower shore counties of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester encompass a vast region stretching from the shorelines of Tangier Sound and Chesapeake Bay to the washed beaches of the Atlantic seaboard. The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area is the only place in Maryland where the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay are only an hour apart.

From earliest time, life on the Lower Eastern Shore has depended on the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, the marshes and land between. Compelling evidence of past peoples and cultures reverberates throughout the various corners of the region. The Manokin, Nanticoke, Pocomoke and Wicomico Rivers and the outer bays connect the past and present, towns with history, and homes with open spaces.

The seafood industry and agriculture have long formed the backbone of the lower shore economy, sustaining a way of life built on the resources of land and water. A number of factors have adversely affected these traditional industries over the past decade, decreasing the economic base of the area and threatening its rich heritage.

Wetlands and agriculture nestled between small towns and urban center. The quiet villages amid the beauty of the vibrant marshland and stoic forests. The sight and the sounds of the ocean, rivers and bay, as watermen guide their boats through the early morning mist. The glimpse of the deer standing in the field, bushy red fox trotting beside us and the vast array of birds flying overhead as we move along the road less traveled, are daily reminders of how precious this region is that we call the Lower Eastern Shore.









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. ENVIRONMENT
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