Know the Connection
Located in the center of the South Atlantic Bight, coastal Georgia is a region rich in history, beauty, mystery and natural wonders. Cultures have mixed here for ages, just as the rivers mix with the sea. With its large tidal range, vast salt marshes and picturesque barrier islands, coastal Georgia has drawn people throughout its history.
This region’s rich mosaic of nutrient-rich estuaries, cultural heritage, productive salt marshes and historic sites provides the backdrop for coastal residents and visitors alike. Some come for the breathtaking vistas and uncrowded beaches; others come to experience the legacy and traditions of an original U.S. colony.
In this richly diversified land-and seascape, activities such as saltwater fishing, sailing, kayaking and bird watching continue to grow in popularity, contributing to the vibrant coastal economy.
As the coastal population and tourism continue to increase, we are charged with striking a balance between human use and the protection of our natural resources. Healthy coastal ecosystems provide many sustainable benefits, from coastal tourism to the harvesting of fresh seafood. It is only through the wise stewardship of our richly endowed environment that the special beauty and life of coastal Georgia will be preserved for generations to come.
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.