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Redesignation of Wilderness


Did You Know?

It takes an act of Congress to designate an area as wilderness.
Only about 5% of the entire United States is protected as Wilderness. Alaska contains just over half of America's wilderness, so only about 2.7% of the contiguous United States (an area about the size of Minnesota) is protected as wilderness.

For many years, the Greyfield Inn, as well as the National Park Service, operated motorized commercial tours through the wilderness. They did so knowingly and in direct defiance of federal Wilderness legislation and protection.

In 2004, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court ruled that these tours were illegal and must cease. In response, Greyfield Inn lobbied for the removal of Wilderness designation from several parts of the island – specifically to accommodate their vehicle tours.


Just a few months later, Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-R) added a rider to the Omnibus Spending Bill just hours before it passed, removing those tour routes from Wilderness designation. It also removed the beach and large swaths of the north end of the island.

Why is this so important to understand?

This was the most substantial removal and fragmentation of Wilderness in U.S. history. The public is still mostly unaware of the deed.

Let officials know you support the redesignation of wilderness.


Use the form below to send a message directly to the current Superintendent.

Support the Redesignation of Wilderness

Dear Superintendent,

The removal of Wilderness designation for the Main Road and beach areas in 2004 has negatively impacted the delicate ecosystem of Cumberland Island. It has also negatively impacted the visitor experience for those who seek and understand the true value of Wilderness.

I urge you to consider your greater responsibility to the American people and the National Park Service; you have both the power and responsibility to ensure protection of Cumberland Isand’s delicate ecology, as well as the visitor experience.


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