Okefenokee Swamp | Photo by Tom Wilson
Okefenokee Swamp | Photo by Tom Wilson

#8: Okefenokee Swamp, FL & GA

Threat: Mining

Mining threatens natural wonders and rich biodiversity

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Okefenokee Swamp | Photo by Tom Wilson

Alligator in Okefenokee Swamp | Photo by Tom Wilson

The Okefenokee Swamp, the largest blackwater wetland in North America and the headwaters to the Suwannee and St. Marys rivers, is home to a rich diversity of plants, birds, fish and wildlife. A popular recreation destination, the area generates millions of dollars each year for the local economy. However, this natural wonder is threatened by titanium mining, which government agencies predict would result in “permanent” and “unacceptable” damage. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must deny the permit application for this ill-advised project.

American Rivers appreciates the collaboration and efforts of our partners:

  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Georgia River Network
  • One Hundred Miles
  • St. Marys EarthKeepers
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