Cumberland Island Service Weekend 2014


Over the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the Georgia Conservancy and the National Park Service, with the support of REIKeeping It Wild, the Mary Brown Fund, Georgia Conservancy members and stewardship trips alumni, led over 65 volunteers to the wild and historically-rich Cumberland Island National Seashore for a record breaking weekend of service work.

"The Cumberland Island Service Weekend is an opportunity for our members and the general public to take an active role in helping to maintain one of Georgia's most precious natural resources,” says Georgia Conservancy Stewardship and Trips Director Bryan Schroeder. “When the management plan for Cumberland Island was being created over 30 years ago, the Georgia Conservancy advocated for a National Seashore with few roads, crisscrossed by low impact trails. The National Park Service's leadership has led to the formation an amazing park and the only barrier island in Georgia that can accommodate hikers, campers and backpackers alike. We had a hand in helping to craft that vision for Cumberland Island, therefore it is beyond obligation, it is our duty and great pleasure to return for an all-encompassing service weekend that focuses on stewardship of Cumberland’s vast trail system.”

Over the 18-mile length of the island, seven different groups performed service work that included beach clean-up, restoration of historic structures, and 35-miles of trail maintenance to South Cut, Roller Coaster, Kings Bottom, Duck House, Willow Pond, Terrapin Point, Parallel, Pratts and River trails. This year, volunteer groups also helped to restore all five of Cumberland Island’s campsites, including Sea Camp Beach, Stafford Beach, Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise and Brickhill Bluff.

"Cumberland is one of Georgia's outdoor jewels and REI is proud to support the Georgia Conservancy's impact in both educating and inspiring members in a lifetime of stewardship adventures on the island," says Jason Lane, Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Manager for REI.

Lacking a dedicated trail crew, Cumberland Island National Seashore finds that volunteers are critical to the National Park Service’s ability to keep public trails open on Cumberland Island. The Georgia Conservancy-led service weekend on Cumberland Island will be the largest and most impactful service weekend of 2014. The Georgia Conservancy will host over 35 outings in 2014.

(See the full list of 2014 Stewardship Trips at https://www.georgiaconservancy.org/trips)

"Without the efforts of Georgia Conservancy and Cumberland Island National Seashore volunteers coming together, we could not accomplish our mission of protection and preservation during this Martin Luther King Jr. service weekend," says Gary Ingram, Acting Superintendent of Cumberland Island National Seashore.

View photos of the 2014 Cumberland Island Service Weekend.