50th Anniversary Celebrations
Georgia Conservancy Precious Places
Our Past is Your Present
To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, the Georgia Conservancy has selected five “Precious Places” to tell the story of Georgia’s incredible natural areas and the men and woman who dedicated their lives to protect them. During the course of 2017, we’ll share our conservation story and encourage people to share with the world what makes these places great today. Thank you to Gentleman Design for producing artwork for the Georgia Conservancy's Precious Places. A new Precious Place artwork will debut every three months.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Established in 1973, the Georgia Conservancy and its members were instrumental in providing Federal protection and public access to Georgia's largest barrier island and one of America's greatest examples of southeastern maritime ecosystems. Share your Cumberland story using the hashtag #thisismycumberland.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
During a cold February hike at the Manchester Mill ruins along Douglas County's Sweetwater Creek, a group of men and women founded the Georgia Conservancy. First on the agenda, protecting nearly 2,500 acres of land surrounding the creek and ruins. In 1972, Sweetwater Creek became a Georgia State Park.
Cohutta Wilderness Area
The second largest Wilderness Area in Georgia, the 37,000-acre Cohutta received the highest Federal protection in 1975. The Georgia Conservancy made its protection a priority during the early 1970s through its advocacy work at in Georgia and in Washington, D.C.
Sprewell Bluff on the Flint River
This proposed sight of a controversial reservoir is now one of the great wonders of central Georgia. The Flint River at Sprewell Bluff, its forested banks and rocky shoals, Georgia Conservancy members and partners lobbied the state and federal government to discard the ill conceived plan to flood the valley.
Okefenokee Wilderness Area
Designated as National Wildlife Refuge in 1923, the Okefenokee Swamps received greater protection as a Wilderness Area in 1974 through the advocacy of the Georgia Conservancy and its members.