A map of the Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area along the Altamaha River

Georgia officials announced this month a $36 million purchase of some 19,500 acres along the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia, continuing in its mission to protect the river corridor all the way up into the central part of the state.  The area, called the Sansavilla Wildlife Management Area, now contains some 165,000 acres along the river in total under state conservation, stretching from the ocean all the way up to U.S. 84 at Jesup.

The purchase was funded by a mixture of private and public money, with hefty donations from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and the Knobloch Family Foundation paired with grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service’s Forestry Legacy program.  The state issued bonds to cover its share of the deal.   

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