News | February 11, 2024

Take action to protect the Okefenokee

A message from Senior Attorney Bill Sapp, chair of the Okefenokee Protection Alliance
The Okefenokee swamp is the largest blackwater swamp in North America. (@ Julie Dermansky)
Senior Attorney Bill Sapp

Our fight to stop a strip mine on the doorstep of the Okefenokee Swamp has reached a critical stage. 

Last Friday, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division issued draft permits moving Twin Pines one step closer to their plan to dig for minerals on 8,000 acres along Trail Ridge. Researchers fear mining in this location will threaten the swamp’s water levels, increase wildfire risks, harm wildlife, and release toxic contaminants into nearby surface and groundwater.

We have one more chance to tell Georgia leaders to stop this dangerous plan and protect the Okefenokee, a National Wildlife Refuge and one of the most significant wetlands on Earth. The Okefenokee hosts more than 700,000 visits a year and supports jobs for hard working Georgians.

Tell Georgia leaders that mining puts our iconic swamp at risk.

Join me in telling Governor Kemp and Georgia regulators that the risks to the Okefenokee, endangered wildlife that call it home, and the Georgians who depend on it, are too great. Tell Georgia to reject this dangerous mining plan and protect the Okefenokee Swamp.