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Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia, is one of the last and largest undeveloped barrier islands in the country. It is a National Seashore containing over 9,000 acres (approximately fifteen square miles) of designated wilderness.

The United Nations has also declared Cumberland Island an International Biosphere Reserve because it provides critical habitat for rare and endangered wildlife—including:

  • loggerhead sea turtles
  • brown pelicans
  • piping plovers
  • least terns
  • bald eagles
  • peregrine falcons

In 1982, nearly 9,000 acres of the northern half of the island was designated a Wilderness Area by Congress. It is one of the largest barrier island Wilderness Areas in the country. In addition, over 11,000 acres was designated as potential wilderness which, legally, must be managed in the same manner as the Wilderness Area.


Why we’re here:

We are dedicated to protecting the wilderness, native species, and the ecology of Cumberland Island.

The complex history of Cumberland Island requires public oversight and stewardship; our purpose is to help educate the public and hold decision-makers accountable.


What we’re doing:

Wild Cumberland supporters work together to ensure the long-term stewardship and preservation of Cumberland Island and its natural ecosystem.

If you’re passionate about the same purposes, here’s how you can help:


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