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Coastal Georgia

Georgia's coast stretches for nearly 100 miles and features some of the nation's most pristine beaches, remote salt marshes and protected maritme forests. A string of barrier islands, some only accessible by boat, remain largely untouched, offering a sanctuary for migrating birds and a home to a number of endangered or threatened species.

Protecting our coast has been a priority of the Georgia Conservancy for more than 40 years. We maintain an office in historic downtown Savannah, headed by Coastal Director Clay Mobley, and are working on a range of projects to protect this precious natural resource.

Here are some of the issues our Coastal office is currently involved with:

Cumberland Island: Since our founding in 1967, the protection of Cumberland Island has been at the forefront of our efforts to be stewards our most precious natural places. In 2014, we continue our dedication to this incredible island through our annual service weekend and alternative spring break program; our continued advocacy at the local, state and federal levels, and our relationship with the National Park Service. Learn more>>

Sea Level Rise: Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program has longed worked to employ sustainability as a foundation to community stability and resilience. Through three Blueprints for Successful Communities studios since 2012, the Conservancy has examined the issue of sea level rise with an eye towards supporting coastal community resiliency by researching issues of vulnerable populations, economic impacts and potential adaptation scenarios. Learn more>>


The Spit on Sea Island: On Sea Island's south end, a fragile wisp of land is under threat from potential development. On its beaches, loggerhead sea turtles nest and endangered birds feed and rest in migration.  Thousands of Georgians have marveled at its beauty from a spot on the north end of St. Simons Island called Gould’s Inlet.  Now, all that beauty is at risk. Learn more>>


Coastal Marsh Buffers: On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Director Jud Turner, issued a directive that changes the rules for determining marsh buffers along the Georgia coast. The directive will permit more development that will encroach on Georgia marshes and result in irreparable damage. The Conservancy has begun discussing the issue with legislative leaders, and there is strong interest in working toward a solution during the 2015 General Assembly. Learn more>>

Savannah Harbor Expansion Project: Dredging activities in the Savannah River, and the saltwater intrusion upriver that dredging causes, have been priority concerns of the Georgia Conservancy for more than 30 years. In 2012, the Army Corps of Engineers released its Final Impact Statement (EIS) regarding the current expansion project. The Georgia Conservancy has serious concerns about the environmental damage to the Savannah River ecosystem that will result from the SHEP. Learn more>>


Visit our recent news page to stay up-to-date on the lastest information from our coastal office, including recent advocacy efforts, coastal trips and events, and other important news.

The Georgia Conservancy leads numerous adventure and stewardship trips on Georgia's Coast every year, including weekends on Cumberland, Sapelo and Ossabaw islands; paddling trips on the Altamaha, Ogeechee and Satilla rivers; and camping in the Okefenokee. Learn more>>

If you have any questions about our Coastal Program or would like to learn more, please contact Georgia Conservancy Coastal Director Clay Mobley at or at (912) 447-5910.