Georgia CELCP Projects
In October 2007, the Georgia Coastal Management Program received $1,149,271 from the NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program to assist with the acquisition of a 4,100+ acre tract along the Altamaha River in McIntosh County. The Altamaha Sand Ridges property is a landscape of sand hills and bottom lands, and is home to the long-leaf pine, gopher tortoises, and the globally-imperiled Radford Dicerandra (Dicerandra radfordiana) which is found only in the Altamaha River sand ridges. The property was purchased by the state of Georgia on May 20, 2008.
In July 2010, the Georgia Coastal Management Program received $1,537,425 from the NOAA Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program to assist with the acquisition of a 6,860-acre+ tract along the Altamaha River in Long County. The property stretches for 10-miles adjacent to the lower Altamaha River and floodplain, one of the most valuable ecological corridors in Georgia, and is a landscape of sand hills and bottom lands. On September 28, 2010, the State of Georgia purchased this property in its entirety from The Nature Conservancy who purchased it from Rayonier.
Both tracts are now operated as part of the State’s Townsend Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and are under the management of the Department of Natural Resources for the purposes of ecological restoration, stream and wetland protection, wildlife habitat, and public access for hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and camping.
Both of these projects are the result of a partnership between the NOAA/CELCP, GA Department of Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of Defense (Navy/Marine Corps), The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Land Conservation Partnership, and others.