Offshore Testing and Drilling

Offshore drilling has been taken off the table for Georgia and other Southeastern Atlantic States by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for at least five years.  It is a tremendous victory for marine wildlife and Georgia fisheries, especially bottle-nosed dolphins and right whales.  But it’s temporary and the threat of seismic testing remains. Read more

Altama Conserved

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) have partnered to protect a 3,986 acre tract along Georgia’s Altamaha River, in Glynn County. Read more

Donor Roundtable A Success! Plans Underway For Similar Event In 2017

Stewards of the Georgia Coast and Coastal Georgia Partners in Philanthropy (CGaPIP) joined forces to host a Conservation Donors Roundtable on March 10, 2016.  Held at Musgrove Plantation on St. Simons Island, the Roundtable attracted a capacity crowd of interested private and corporate donors.  Read more

Living Shorelines: A Better Approach to Fighting Erosion

The twice-daily tides in Georgia, often reaching upwards of 8 feet in amplitude, are an ecologically important and powerful driving force in and along the edges of our salt marshes.  For generations, coastal Georgians have attempted to slow the natural erosion of creek banks caused by tides and upland runoff with a variety of methods, including rock revetments or rip-rap and bulkheads made of wood and concrete.  This power struggle has become more challenging in the face of rising sea levels and increasingly intense storm events. Read more

Donor Profile: Jeanne Manning

Inspired, generous, and committed individuals have always been the heartbeat and catalyst for Georgia’s legacy of coastal conservation.  Over time, Shoreline will introduce you to donors who are making a difference for the Georgia coast.  Shoreline is honored to begin this feature with a profile of Jeanne Manning of St. Simons Island. Read more

Gopher Tortoise Initiative 501c3 Partner List

Conservation donors can contribute to this important work in two ways:  funds are needed for operating expenses and conserving land.

  • The Conservation Fund (501C(3) organization)
  • Georgia Conservancy (501C(3) organization)
    • Mission: Protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration.
    • President: Robert Ramsay
    • Phone: 404-876-2900
    • Website:
  • The Nature Conservancy – Georgia office (501C(3) organization)
    • Mission: Conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
    • Executive Director: Deron Davis
    • Phone: 404-873-6946
    • Website:
  • Orianne Society (501C(3) organization)
    • Mission: Conserve critical ecosystems for imperiled reptiles and amphibians using science, applied conservation and education.
    • Chief Executive Officer: Christopher Jenkins
    • Phone: 706-224-1359
    • Website:

The Gopher Tortoise Initiative’s partnership list also includes the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private foundations such as the Bobolink Foundation and the Knobloch Foundation.