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  • An open gate surrounded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss.

    A gem for hunters and hikers alike

    July 12, 2017 | 4 minute readBrunswick, Georgia – Altama Plantation is perhaps the most critical, and intriguing, piece of property along the entire Altamaha River corridor. It was here in the early 1800s that plantation owner James Hamilton Couper introduced the Dutch system of tidal floodgates to grow rice. He planted sugar cane and built a refinery whose red-brick remains still stand. Couper, a noted scientist, also recorded the first eastern indigo snake, a threatened species which bears his name (Drymarchon couperi). Learn more...

    Altama Plantation. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • A sandy beach with a tuft of vegetation following a jetty.

    A sanctuary for at-risk birds

    July 12, 2017 | 3 minute readWolf Island National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia – It rained heavily the night before, and the puffy white clouds on the horizon presaged more storms heading for the Georgia coast. At 7 am., with the tide receding, Tim Keyes hustled the Carolina Skiff into the Altamaha Sound where the same-name river meets the sea. Destination: the low-lying barrier islands off limits to the public, but teeming with at-risk, threatened and endangered birds. Learn more...

    Wolf Island. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • A gentlman with gray hair poses for the camera with a smile and his arms crossed.

    Local landowner fights for the Altamaha

    July 12, 2017 | 3 minute readJesup, Georgia – “Well now, welcome to the swamp.” Dink NeSmith stands astride a weathered wooden dock on Sandy Lake, a meandering offshoot of the Altamaha River. To some, the oxbow lake is nothing but a muddy, buggy, alligator-friendly bog. To NeSmith, it’s an open-air cathedral in all its natural “majesty.” “God put it here a long time ago,” he preached, “and it’s on loan to my family and me and we want to do our part to make sure it remains a clean, safe environment for our great, great, great, great grandchildren. Learn more...

    Mr. Dink NeSmith has a special relationship with the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute readIt meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike. Learn more...

    Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • Two men standing in front of a beige tank riddled with bullet holes.

    The military embraces conservation

    July 12, 2017 | 4 minute readTownsend, Georgia – U.S. Marine Corps jets and helicopters rain thousand-pound bombs and 30-caliber bullets on a slice of the Altamaha River corridor. Gopher tortoises, flatwood salamanders and eastern indigo snakes benefit mightily. Say what? Townsend bombing range. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS. Welcome to a looking-glass world where bombs are good, the Pentagon is an environmental agency and the ever-expanding Townsend Bombing Range along the northwestern edge of the corridor protects critical greenways and endangered species. Learn more...

    A tank littered with bullet holes at Townsend bombing range. Photo by Nicolve Vidal, USFWS.

News

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

    October 16, 2017 | 2 minute readMt. 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. Read the full story...

Series

  • Conserving paradise

    Take a trip with us down the Altamaha River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service traveled the river from Jesup in Southeast Georgia to the barrier islands where the free-flowing Altamaha empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more...

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