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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 Charles McMillan, 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:

Palmetto Pipeline: When Georgia’s top officials at the Capitol, oil entrepreneurs in Savannah, coastal civic and business leaders, local governments, and some of our state’s most strident environmental groups agree that a proposed 360-mile fuel pipeline is bad for our state, then the company attempting to build it should take a hint – they are not wanted, nor needed in Georgia. Learn more>>


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>>


Offshore Drilling: With the proposed opening of the Atlantic Seaboard to oil exploration comes many environmental concerns. Due to the effects of seismic testing on marine life and the potential for a catastrophic oil spill, the Georgia Conservancy is opposed to oil drilling off of Georgia's precious coast. Learn more>>



Spaceport Camden: The Georgia Conservancy has significant concerns related to the development and operations for Spaceport Camden and the related ancillary development that will support the enterprise. Rigorous application and coordination of existing laws and regulations are critical to preserving the coast’s ecological integrity as human activity expands. Learn more>>

Coastal Marsh Buffers: For the months following the April 20, 2014 EPD directive that effectively removed the protective buffer from our state’s coastal landscape, the Georgia Conservancy worked with our conservation partners, coastal legislators and concerned citizens to introduce legislation that would advance our goal or restoring the buffer. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 101 did just that. 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 Charles McMillan at or at (912) 447-5910.