Twelve organizations are uniting their efforts to restore longleaf pine forests in Georgia. The forests are seen as critical for wildlife. They also benefit timber production. The effort is part of a multi-state coming together of public and private groups aimed at longleaf restoration.
The Interior Department is moving toward allowing studies in the Atlantic Ocean that could ultimately result in offshore drilling. A programmatic environmental impact statement on seismic testing was released Wednesday. The testing would be used to determine how much oil and natural gas is available and where the best places to drill would be
A Georgia waterway is the nation’s first National Water Trail, part of a new system of local waterways designed to boost recreational uses and preservation. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this week the Chattahoochee River Water Trail travels 48 miles of the river, all within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is placing Charleston on a first-of-its-kind "Watch List" because of cruise ship tourism. The Trust says, Charleston could harm its historic character if it doesn't consider how cruise tourism changes a city's society and culture. Savannah wants to follow Charleston in luring cruise lines.
Environmental groups have formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to re-introduce panthers to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. If their idea is adopted, about a dozen endangered Florida panthers could be put in the swamp to start a new population there. They say, the cats' habitat in South Florida is diminishing.
Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.