Meet Our New Program Director

Meet WC’s New Program Director

Below is a message from Jessica Howell-Edwards

Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.John Muir, Our National Parks (1901)

Jessica is a lifelong Georgia resident and mom of four (ages 12, 7, 4, and 4) who currently resides in DeKalb County. She offers more than two decades of journalism, marketing, and activism experience – and most importantly, a passion for protecting the native ecology of Cumberland Island.


Wilderness experience can transform you, and I firmly believe that those who seek that experience will find it.

More than 25 years ago, I was fortunate to have my first wilderness experience on Cumberland Island; because of that, I am committed to ensuring my children and future grandchildren have the same opportunity.

I have always been completely captivated by (and drawn to) the Georgia coast: an underappreciated tapestry of rivers, streams, swamps, estuaries, and islands. In that constant state of flux, teeming with life, is where I feel most at peace.


Those familiar with Cumberland Island and its complex history also understand that its isolated location is exactly what makes management – and public oversight – so difficult.

Wild Cumberland’s goals are pretty simple: we are here to help educate the public, hold decision-makers accountable, and provide ongoing stewardship.

We will always advocate for appropriate protection and management of the Wilderness and in favor of its native ecology.

I am humbled and grateful for the hard work and perseverance that preceded me and has afforded me this opportunity. I hope to honor that legacy with my own commitment to Wild Cumberland.