heavy mineral mining

Emily Jones

The Charlton County Commission Thursday evening unanimously voted to support the proposal to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 

Emily Jones / GPB News

Close to 150 people turned out Tuesday night for an information session on the proposed Twin Pines Minerals mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Just above the Florida border, there’s a vast — and famous — swamp: the Okefenokee. It’s more than 400,000 acres of wilderness, with black water, pine and cypress trees, endangered woodpeckers and more.