The Ossabaw Island Foundation, headquartered in nearby Savannah, recently met to celebrate an important milestone in Georgia’s environmental conservationist history – the 50th anniversary of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act. Back in 1970 Governor Lester Maddox, spurred by activists such as Atlanta garden club president Jane Yarn, signed the Marsh Act into law to help protect the state’s beloved coasts. The bill is said to have marked the beginning of Georgia’s modern environmental movement, one that remains strong through to today. At 26,000 acres Ossabaw is Georgia’s third largest barrier island and currently operates as a Heritage Preserve owned by the state.
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