Cumberland Island

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The National Park Service is working on a plan to protect vulnerable nesting animals from predators.

 

Lots of what the Park Service calls “species of concern” hang out at National Park sites throughout the southeast, including loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, green and leatherback sea turtles; snowy and piping plovers and the southeastern and Perdido Key beach mice. Some are federally listed as endangered or threatened, while others are listed at the state level.

 

J. Cindy Hill

The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a public hearing Thursday about a proposed rocket launching facility on Georgia's Coast.
 

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A coastal Georgia spaceport is still far from liftoff, but it might already be attracting new business. 

U.S. Mint

Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore is featured on the U.S. Mint’s latest commemorative coin, released on Friday.  Cumberland is Georgia’s largest barrier island, with nearly 10,000 acres of designated wilderness and the largest remaining maritime forest in the United States.


Thursday, June 14, 2018, is the last day for people to comment on Camden County’s plans to launch rockets off Georgia’s coast. 

The County wants to build a launch site for small and medium-size rockets.


Fifty years ago, babies in the U.S. were three times more likely to die before reaching a first birthday. And the problems driving infant and maternal mortality were even worse in rural areas. Diane Cantor set out to be part of a change. She left college in the early 1970s to work for a federal program providing prenatal care to women in North Georgia. Her experiences inspired a novel called “When Nighttime Shadows Fall.” Diane Cantor lives in Savannah. We talk to her ahead of an appearance on January 30 at A Cappella Books in Atlanta.

Astralytical

A report on Camden County’s bid for a spaceport came out a few months ago. Laura Forczyk is an author of it, and the owner of Astralytical. The Atlanta-based consulting firm is working for Camden County on developing its plans for a launch site and space education center, which supporters say will bolster the economy.

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Cumberland Island is 14 miles of beaches, forests and marshes. Ecologist Carol Ruckdeschel has lived among the plants and animals there for 45 years. Her observations are presented in a recently published book: “A Natural History of Cumberland Island Georgia.”

SpaceX continues to make headlines, sending its Falcon rockets into space and if Georgia has its way, those rockets could soon blast off from Camden County.

A public report on Camden County’s bid for a spaceport came out recently. Laura Forczyk is an author of it, and the owner of Astralytical. The Atlanta-based consulting firm is working on Camden County’s plans for a launch site.

 

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A group of private landowners wants to develop 1,000 acres on Georgia’s Cumberland Island. Opponents say the rezoning would negatively impact wildlife and tourism.