Ossabaw's marshlands. Photo by Jann Lane.

GA - Ossabaw Island’s annual meeting recognizes Coastal Marshlands Protection Act

In 1970, Georgia’s governor Lester Maddox had a plan for the barrier islands that comprise our coast.

With the development of I-95 on his mind, Maddox wanted to build a state highway through the barrier islands, which would involve surface mining and dredging for phosphate over 70,000 acres of marshland.

However, as anyone familiar with the process knows, surface mining causes disruption to the landscape, notably soil erosion and water pollution.

Maddox first took the proposal to Wassaw Island, hoping they’d be excited about the idea. Instead, they immediately preserved the island through the Nature Conservancy of Georgia to avoid being developed.

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