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Safe Seafood
Glynn County Seafood Consumption Advisory


UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, June 24th, Green Screen, Ritz Theater, Newcastle Street, Brunswick. Show times:
11:30 am - Welcome and short films
12:15 pm - Break with light lunch and more networking with local environmental orgs
1:15 pm - Feature film presentation: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change  Appropriate for ages 10+ due to mild language.
There are opportunities for GEC members to participate at our table. Interested - call or email the GEC.

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 to 4:00, Rally for Cumberland, Howard Gilman Waterfront Park, St Marys. A coming together in support of Cumberland Island National Seashore - and raising our voices in opposition to rezoning that would allow the development of this fragile and precious Biosphere Reserve. * Free "Don't Develop Cumberland Island" t-shirts for the first 400 attendees, music, face-painting, information booths, food trucks * Hosted by Save Cumberland Island National Seashore. There are opportunities for GEC members to participate at our tent.  Interested - call or email the GEC.

Friday, July 7 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Olive Garden, 11 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Jason Lee Nongame Conservation Section Program Manager with DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division is giving a presentation about Altama Plantation and the history of the 4,000-acre nature preserve outside Brunswick which opened to the public a year ago. He will also share information on its natural resources, what makes the property a biological gem, and what the property means for state wildlife goals.

Friday, August 4 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, 11:15 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Maegan Mack, GEC Safe Seafood Outreach, will be speaking about the Socio-Economic Decision-Making of Fishers in the Seafood Advisory Area. Maegan has been studying fisher psychology during outreach activities.

 

Brunswick News – April 2, 2013 Local News

Wetlands cleanup agreement reached

By GORDON JACKSON The Brunswick News

Former Glynn County Commissioner Wayne Hutcheson has reached an agreement with environmental groups to restore 700 acres of wetlands damaged by 2.5 miles of roads and drainage ditches illegally constructed since 2005 on a tract off Ga. 99 in Sterling.

Under the agreement, the natural flow of freshwater through the wetlands and marsh across the property will be restored, pushing saltwater back out of the wetlands so cypress trees and other wildlife can flourish again, according to environmental groups that filed the complaint.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the complaint on behalf of the Glynn Environmental Coalition, and the Altamaha and Satilla riverkeepers.

 

The settlement was reached after negotiations between Hutcheson and the environmental groups, the Georgia Coastal Resources Division and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"We're pleased that this settlement will lead to the restoration of wetland forest," said Daniel Parshley, director of the Glynn Environmental Coalition.

 

"Hopefully, it will be the first step toward restoring several square miles of dead forest impacted by years of unwise ditching and draining, which allowed saltwater to move inland and kill the forest."

Hutcheson, who served four years on the county commission in the early 1980s, is required to remove non-permitted roads through the salt marsh and breech the remaining roads 20 feet wide and plug some ditches to restore the flow of water. Once the road breeches and drain plugs are in place, Hutchenson will be required to plant as many as 6,000 native wetland trees, including cypress, on the areas of the property suitable for planting.

"Cypress is such a part of our heritage on the Georgia coast," said Deborah Sheppard, executive director of the Altamaha Riverkeeper. "We are very happy to see that cypress will be growing again on this 700-acre tract."

 

Last summer, the Glynn County Commission denied a request by Hutcheson for $21,150 that would fund part of a conservation easement to create a legally enforceable land preservation agreement.

 

In return, the county would be allowed to continue to use roads on the property to spray for mosquitoes and maintain a mile-long drainage canal known as the Hutcheson Ditch.

The land will be protected under a conservation agreement by the Georgia Land Trust.

Hutcheson did not return a call to his residence for comment.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about government and other local topics. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 323.

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