A Tribute To Our Valuable Ecosystem: Wetlands

Happy American Wetlands Month! This month we have the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the vital role that our beautiful and diverse Southern wetlands play on our planet. Wetlands are vital to the communities that surround them. Wetlands protect communities from flooding and minimize the impacts of hurricanes by quickly absorbing water. Wetland forests […]

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Worse

Hurricanes are the United States’ deadliest and costliest natural disasters. Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey are the costliest hurricanes on record. They both resulted in approximately $125 billion worth of damages, and over 1,500 fatalities. Hurricanes also pose the biggest threat to coastal residents. As of 2010, 39% of the U.S. population resided in coastal shoreline […]

a boat rests on top of a pier after a hurricane

9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wetland Forests

Wetland forests are swamps. They’re areas where water floods the soil. This can either be during the whole year or varying periods of time throughout the year. Swamps are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They’re comparable to coral reefs and rainforests. They support wildlife and provide several important ecosystem services. Here […]

a clump of pitcher plants, found exclusively in wetland forests

A Critical Update in the Fight for Okefenokee Swamp

One of the first acts by former President Trump after he was newly elected was to issue an executive order to roll back protections afforded by the Clean Water Act of 1972. Seemingly overnight, the incredibly complex question of what constitutes the waters of the US (WOTUS) became the jurisdiction of Georgia’s modest Environmental Protection […]

Deforestation and Pandemics

Our health is vital in these times. Climate change is one of the great threats facing the world today, along with pandemics like COVID-19. To protect our communities and our livelihoods, we need to address the problem before it is too late. What if I told you that natural forests and wetlands are vital to […]