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  • Georgia's Wildlife Protector: Jane Hurt Yarn

    Family and friends, including President Jimmy Carter and Marcia Dew Bansley, Executive Director of Trees Atlanta, reflect on Jane Hurt Yarn's life work on protecting Georgia's environment. She was instrumental in passing conservation legislature, including the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act which preserves and protects Georgia's coastal environment.

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    Discuss

    1. Describe Jane Yarn's initial influence to protect Georgia's environment.

    2. Explain why Georgia's coastlines are important to protect.

    Expansion

    1. Write a letter to a local or national politician addressing the importance of protecting and preserving Georgia's environment.

    2. Go on a virtual field trip to various physical features and regions of Georgia using one of GPB's virtual field trips or by watching GPB's live exploration to Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

    Vocabulary

    African bush: describes rural, undeveloped land, or country areas in certain Africa
    conservation: careful preservation and protection of something; especially planned management of a natural resource to prevent destruction, or neglect
    lobbying: seeking to influence (a politician or public official) on an issue
    ubiquitous: present, appearing, or found everywhere

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    Discussion Guide

    1. Describe Jane Yarn's initial influence to protect Georgia's environment.
    A five-week long visit to Africa sparked Jane's interest in protecting and preserving Georgia's environment. Her visit to Africa gave her a new appreciation for animals and their natural environments. 

    2. Explain why Georgia's coastlines are important to protect. 
    Georgia's coast serves as a home to a variety of sea life and acts a buffer to protect the main land from storms and erosion.

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