The Cumberland Island superintendent is weighing the possibility of increasing the visitor limit on Cumberland. A coalition of environmental groups have helped maintain the 300-person visitor limit, which has ensured a relatively uncrowded visitor experience and protected the island’s sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitats. However, mainland businesses and leaders have been pushing for more visitors to Cumberland, which they hope will drive local revenue.
In the 1980s, the park planned for a massive tourist park with boardwalks, vehicle tours, beachfront development, and thousands of people per day on the island. Carol Ruckdeschel helped spearhead a grassroots movement that stopped the development. Thousands wrote to the National Park Service asking to keep Cumberland wild and not let it become overrun with tourists and development. Now that the park is considering another increase in visitation, public input will once again be crucial.
Sign a letter supporting the current 300-visitor limit here or write the superintendent directly at Gary_Ingram@nps.gov.