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Cumberland Island seeks feedback on visitor plan

Cumberland Island National Seashore.
National Parks Conservation Association
Cumberland Island National Seashore.

A management plan that will help visitors better enjoy the 40-square-mile Cumberland Island National Seashore barrier island off St. Marys, Georgia, is available for public review and comment.

Public discussion of the plan, which will also protect the area’s wildlife, ecosystems, century-old historic buildings and other resources, will be held at a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

National Park Service staff developed the plan to provide visitors, including those who are disadvantaged and unable to visit, with opportunities to do so. That includes changes to its 38-year-old management plan that allowed about 300 visitors a day.

The proposed plan allows selective doubling of that to be consistent with current practices for managing visitor use on public lands.

More information on the proposed plan and virtual meeting can be found at, keyword “Cumberland Island.”

Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years as a radio, television and print reporter in the Jacksonville area, as well as years of broadcast work in the Northeast. You can reach Dan at, (904) 607-2770 or on Twitter at @scanlan_dan.