As sea levels continue to rise, current salt marsh in the Port Royal Sound may suffer from higher tides and inundation and become open ocean. Widgeon Point and properties like it currently buffer the salt marsh but may become overtaken by marsh grasses and salt tolerant plants – becoming future salt marsh. Protecting places like this now protects the salt marshes of the future, ensuring that if an acre is lost, an acre can be gained and the incredible ecosystem support the salt marsh provides to us all in the Port Royal Sound region endures.
Widgeon Point was protected in 2007 with funding support from the Beaufort county Rural and Critical Lands Program and South Carolina Conservation Bank. It is owned by Beaufort County and the Open Land Trust.