‘A World of Marsh That Borders a World of Sea’
Our 378,000 acres of salt marsh, which make up one-third of the remaining salt marshes on the eastern seaboard, were immortalized in the 1878 poem, The Marshes of Glynn, by Sidney Lanier.
May the Forest Bewitch You
The maritime forest is the dominant woodland community along our barrier islands. Georgia has the largest amount of intact maritime forest along the South Atlantic coast. Photo by Sarah Weese.
Our Wild Coast
Of Georgia’s 14 major barrier islands, only four (Tybee, St. Simons, Sea, and Jekyll) are accessible by car.
A Landscape of Hemispheric Importance
In 2017, Georgia’s barrier islands were recognized as a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN). Photo by Brad Winn.
Our Complicated History
From the Creek and Oconee Native American tribes to the rise of African-rooted Gullah Geechee culture, our coast is steeped in history. Pictured: slave cabins on Ossabaw Island.
Love Seafood? Thank our Salt Marsh.
Our coastal estuaries provide nutrients for 70% of the fish and shellfish harvested in Georgia and South Carolina.