Recommendation 4-D: Ensure that the salt marsh adjacent to Jekyll Island remains in optimum health and is not adversely affected by redevelopment or further development of the state park

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has worked long and hard at defining the edge of the salt marsh ecosystem because of the great importance of protecting that healthy and productive ecosystem, of which all Georgians can be very proud.  The Jekyll Island State Park Authority should, in its Master Plan update, join with the DNR in seeking to ensure that the salt marsh adjacent to the island remains in optimum health and suffers no impact from redevelopment or further development of the state park.  To do so, the Master Plan must ensure that no salt marsh acreage is included as part of the land area of Jekyll Island. This goal can be achieved by asking the DNR to have its experts use the state’s legal definition of the edge of the salt marsh ecosystem to establish by survey the highland/salt marsh boundary of Jekyll Island. 

- By Dr. Steven Y. Newell, Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia/former Director of Marine Institute at Sapelo Island [synewell@yahoo.com], and Mindy Egan, Co-Director, the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island [degan@igc.org]