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GA - A Tale of Two Parcels: Case Examples Using REPI in Coastal Georgia

In the southeast corner of Georgia, bisected by Interstate 95, sits the county of Camden.

One side of the county features a complex coastline highlighted by the winding East River and Satilla Rivers and their tributaries. The Cumberland barrier island sits atop these river mouths dampening the wave action from the Atlantic. The result is a mosaic of pristine marshland and tidal creeks eventually giving way to maritime forests, swamp forests, and pine flats. This is the location of two properties that have found their way into conservation due to the creativity and hard work of national and local partners alike.

The properties, known as Ceylon and Cabin Bluff, are less than 5 miles apart. They came available, and therefore came under risk of development, within roughly a year of each other. Both caught the eye of conservation organizations and other local stakeholders as priority landscape for protection of key ecosystems and the species that make these lands their home. However, where the story of these properties diverge is in the method of purchase and protection that ultimately kept these landscapes from incompatible development and potential degradation.

Every land deal is different. When a prime piece of real estate hits the market, conservationists need to be able to act and act quickly.  This requires interested buyers to look for ever-changing combinations of funding sources to fit always-shifting partner priorities and capacities. It is no easy task to get the financing and the timing right. However, with collaboration between partners, flexibility can be found that helps conservationists act when a great property hits the market.

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