Ecological Management

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Ecological Management and Research at Little St. Simons Island

Little St. Simons Island stands out from other Georgia barrier islands in its relatively undisturbed character. The island has not experienced the farming, timber industry and building that most others have. There are very few places in the Southeast, and the entire east coast, where such an opportunity exists to encourage, with light-handed management, a matrix of natural communities typical of coastal barrier islands.

In 2007, Little St. Simons Island hired a full time ecological manager and established an Ecological Advisory Council to guide the implementation of an ecological and conservation management and research program. To date, a long-term ecological management plan has been developed and conservation practices have been implemented to protect the island’s plant communities and wildlife species. Conservation projects include the construction of a living shoreline and on-island research of threatened wildlife species including rare bats, shorebirds and sea turtles.  Updates on these and other ongoing projects can be found under Research and Monitoring.

You can also visit the Ecological Management page on our website to learn more.