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Georgia Conservancy honors Springfield

POSTED: March 10, 2014 6:57 p.m.

The Georgia Conservancy recognized the work to purchase Thompson’s Island on Ebenezer Creek near Springfield and the Cumberland Island’s alternative spring break volunteer program at its annual oyster roast March 1.

More than 400 guests gathered on Whitemarsh Island to celebrate Georgia’s coast and to support the Georgia Conservancy’s efforts. The donation of a 19-acre island in Ebenezer Creek to the city of Springfield, which has continued to work on the Springfield-Ebenezer Greenway project, was highlighted at the Conservancy’s annual event.

“Contributions from our sponsors and volunteers from the coastal community helped make this event a success,” said Georgia Conservancy Coastal Director Clay Mobley. “It was rewarding to see attendees celebrating our coast while enjoying delicious Georgia oysters on the island where I grew up.

“Our hope is that recycling leftover shells from oyster roasts will become the status quo. That way, new oyster reefs will be built and future generations will be able to enjoy this longtime coastal tradition.”

Money and awareness raised by the oyster roast will support the Conservancy’s mission to conserve Georgia’s land and water.

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