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October 16 ribbon cutting ceremony to be held at Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area

Mt. Pleasant, Georgia – On Monday, October 16, the Department of Natural Resources will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the acquisition of the final phase of more than 19,000 acres purchased for the Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area.

Featuring 12 miles of Altamaha River frontage and one of the largest gopher tortoise populations in Georgia, the area provides fishing opportunities, wildlife watching locations, canoeing, boating, and hunting for deer, turkey, and small game species.

Cobbling together 40 miles of Atlamaha River corridor cost nearly $100 million over a dozen years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, largely through bird and wetlands conservation grants, contributed roughly $20 million. Learn more about conserving the Altamaha River with the series Conserving Paradise.

A public ceremony will be held on October 16, at 1:00 PM, on site and will include a program of speakers listed below.


  • Mark Williams, Commissioner, Georgia DNR
  • Jon Ambrose, Chief of Nongame Conservation, Georgia DNR
  • Andrew Schock, Georgia State Director, The Conservation Fund
  • Chuck Williams, Director, Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Christi Lambert, Director of Freshwater Science & Strategy, The Nature Conservancy
  • Colonel Timothy Miller, Commanding Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
  • John Crockett, Acting Deputy Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service


Monday, October 16, 2017, 1:00 pm ET


Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area
Sansavilla Rd, Hortense, GA 31543

Directions: From HWY 341 near the Wayne/Glynn County line at Mt. Pleasant, head north on Howard Road for 200 feet. Take immediate left onto Sansavilla Road, continuing north. After 3.5 miles, Sansavilla Road intersects River Road. Follow the signs from there.

About the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who can make it happen, visit Connect with the Service on Facebook, follow our tweets, watch the YouTube Channel and download photos from Flickr.

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