From The President:

Our Past Is Your Present

Fifty years. That’s longer than I’ve been around and I feel like that’s been forever. A lot can change in 50 years. Children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren are added to family trees. Trends rise and fall and rise again. Technology? Where to begin? We live in a world of that is ever-changing, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst.

For 50 years, the Georgia Conservancy has ridden and even sometimes influenced this tide of history and change. Robust, fast website? We got it. Creating a GPS map of our only National Seashore? We did it.

Our methods may have evolved, but one thing that has remained constant is our mission to conserve Georgia’s natural resources. Since day one - a cold February morning in 1967 at Sweetwater Creek – we have not let up in our efforts to forward conservation in this state. The citizen leaders who founded the Georgia Conservancy that day carved the path that is as necessary today as it was at our founding, and one that we will continue to follow.

We are reminded every day that conservation is never over; it is an unending journey, where successes can be erased with the stroke of a pen and where places that were thought lost to the destruction of people can rise from the ashes. This has been evident throughout our 50 years and this theme will become clear as you read this issue of Panorama Magazine, which focuses much on our past and present work on Cumberland Island, and as you explore our 50th Anniversary webpage. 

Georgia is the sixth most biodiverse state in the Union. We are blessed every day to have our mountains and plateaus in the north, our forests and wetlands in our south, and our incredible salt marshes and barrier islands on our coast – all connected by an incredible network of streams and rivers that support, in one way or another every living thing in this state. And through the support of our members and partners, we’ve been successful at protecting and supporting the conservation of a number of incredible places across this diverse state, precious places like Cumberland Island, Sweetwater Creek State Park, the Cohutta Wilderness, Sprewell Bluff on the Flint River and the Okefenokee Wilderness Area. We will celebrate these stories and more throughout our 50th anniversary celebration.

If our state, as a whole, is to remain one of our nation’s great natural wonders, we must continue our mission into the next 50 years and remain on the path forged for us in 1967, all while adjusting to situations and circumstances as they arise. Our Past is Your Present, and that means that the present will determine our future.

Thank you,

Robert Ramsay