Jekyll Island Nears Conservation Plan

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Jekyll Island is a step closer to having a written policy for preserving wildlife and unspoiled forest and beaches on the barrier island off Georgia’s coast.

The Jekyll Island Authority, the agency that governs the state park, released a draft Tuesday of a conservation plan intended to guide the island’s policymakers for the next century.

The conservation plan is being developed as Jekyll undergoes a major makeover that’s replacing its musty hotels and aging convention center with new amenities aimed at drawing more tourists.

The conservation draft includes proposals to restore natural dunes to the island’s beaches, study the delicate balance of fresh and saltwater in its wetlands and to add hiking trails.

Under state law, 65 percent of Jekyll Island’s uplands must remain unspoiled.

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