Stumpy Lake: In 1910, Norfolk dammed off a section of the North Landing River watershed called Gum Springs Swamp to create the lake as part of it’s water supply. The shallow lake got its name from the stumps of cypress and tupleo trees which are visible when the water is low (Barrow, 1999, The Virginian Pilot p. B9)
Flora And Fauna
The North Landing River is one of the most ecologically diverse natural areas in Virginia. Fragile wetlands made up of Pocosins, peat bogs with an impenetrable tangle of shrubs cover the North Landing River watershed. Along the Atlantic Flyway, the wetlands provide a winter haven and breeding ground for songbirds and waterfowl. It contains one of the largest great blue heron rookeries in the commonwealth.
Dense understory of evergreen shrubs including inkberry, wax myrtle, blue pickerelweed fetterbrush
Trees such as pond pine, atlantic white cedar, red bay, sweetbay occur as scattered individuals scattered through the shrub bog.
Hardwood forest, pinewood forest, black gum, tupelo, cypress.
Vines, grasses and other: greenbrier, sawgrass, butterfly milkweed, the Carolina lileopsis.
Uncommon Wealth, p.188
Messina, D. A Jewel of Nature; The Beacon
Urban Tree Canopy
Estuarine/Marine wetlands and freshwater forested shrub wetland Cypress/tupelo swamp freshwater marshes, pocosins and forested swamps. Pocosins are peat bogs where unusual plants grow, including the pink spreading pogonia.
Uncommon Wealth, p.190
sunfish, American Shad, white catfish, white perch, striped bass
cottonmouths and canebrake rattlesnakes and endangered Virginia species
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