The NPS is consistently re-evaluating the number of potential daily visitors allowed on the island; most recently in association with the development of a new Visitor Use Management Plan.
Wild Cumberland opposes any increase in the number of daily visitors to the island — to protect both the health of the island and the visitor experience.
Congress directed the National Park Service that “no development of the project or plan for the convenience of visitors shall be undertaken which would be incompatible with the preservation of the unique flora and fauna” (section 5b) when Cumberland Island was designated a National Seashore.
Increasing the number of visitors will directly and adversely impact the island’s fragile ecosystems, and contradicts the very purpose for which it was created.
We’re often contacted by visitors who have witnessed damage to the island’s ecosystem, or blatant disregard of policy protections. We encourage you to report these to the National Park Service and also complete this form.
Thank you for your respectful stewardship of Cumberland Island.