Why Our Coast Matters:Our coast needs an advocate. The time to act is now.
Our Coast Contains:
- Nearly one third of the remaining salt marsh on the Atlantic Seaboard.
- Calving, grazing, and nesting sites for right whales, manatees, and sea turtles.
- A tremendous diversity of wildlife and wild places, including sanctuary for millions of birds.
- Thousands of marsh hammocks, acres of freshwater marshes, and tidal creeks and estuaries.
- The largest tracts of intact maritime forests in the nation.
Compared to neighboring states South Carolina and Florida, Georgia’s coastal landscape remains largely undeveloped and pristine. But not for long. Rapid growth combined with inadequate planning threaten our coast as never before.
Our Rich History:
Georgia’s coast has more stories than grains of sand, more twists and turns than a tidal river meandering through a salt marsh. Our coast is rich in the history of our people. From the Creek and Oconee Native American tribes to the first Spanish garrisons and missions on the Sea Islands to the first English settlement in Savannah to Civil War battlefields to the African-rooted Gullah Geechee culture and the birth of the New South. These stories are retold everyday and everyday new stories are written.
Our Coast is Home to:
- Estuaries that provide nutrients for 70% of fish and shellfish harvested on the Southeast coast.
- Attractions for outdoor enthusiasts, such as paddling along tidal rivers.
- Natural resources have provided sustenance to generations of coastal residents.
- Breeding and calving grounds for threatened sea turtles and the endangered North American Right whale.
- A place for businesses to provide a high quality of life for their employees and families.
Our Uncertain Future:
- Our coast is the new frontier in the Southeast for developers seeking affordable land.
- Sea level rise looms over the head of coastal residents and the future of our way of life.
- Clean water resources for drinking and wildlife face pollution, excessive use, and saltwater intrusion.
- Proposed drilling off Georgia’s coast threatens our coastal communities and endangered marine mammals.
- Lack of harmony between development planning and conservation could alter our way of life and ecosystems forever.
Georgia’s coast is in dire need of advocates to protect our resources and our quality of life. The time to act is now while we still have a chance to shape the future of Georgia’s coast.
With your help, One Hundred Miles is dedicated to protecting our magnificent 100 mile coast. Forever.