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Jekyll Island, GA

Dr. Exum led the development of the Conservation Plan for the Jekyll Island Authority. The Plan provides both a long-term (50-year) vision and detailed actions for implementation. The document established Desired Future Conditions and priority management actions to achieve the goals and objectives defined by the Plan.

Detailed information on existing conditions that cites years of data on sea turtles and birds, and provides detailed species accounts of plants and animals are referenced in the Plan. Conservation and management tools include fire management, tidal flow restoration, exotic species control, beach stabilization, objectives for low-impact development/pollution prevention, lighting and noise abatement. Management actions include goals for conserving and protecting natural resources, and resource-based recreation on the Island.

The project included extensive public involvement including web-based interaction where we received more than 1600 comments on the website established for the project. Staff have recently informed us that the Plan is referenced almost daily.

Review the plan on the Jekyll Island Website (external link)

Primary Areas of Focus

  • Preserve biological communities and species diversity
  • Restore, maintain and manage the Island’s ecological processes
  • Enhance nature-based tourism and recreation
  • Expand environmental education


Preserve, maintain, manage, and restore Jekyll Island’s natural communities and species diversity while providing nature-based educational and recreational opportunities for the general public.

We defined island-wide Management Units