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Gwyneth Moody, Georgia River Network ‘s

February 11, 2015

Gwyneth Moody, Georgia River Network ‘s Community Programs Coordinator helps kicks off 1st 2015 Satilla River Water Trail meeting with Satilla Riverkeeper ~ Read the article in the Blackshear Times!…/doc54da5ebb6e5521316240…

~Local Collaborative Developing Multi-County Satilla Paddle Trail~
Conservationists and tourism officials say a Satilla River Water Trail could be a money-maker as Pierce County’s Natural Attraction
By Wayne Hardy
The Satilla River has long been revered as a natural jewel for swimming, fishing or boating. It is the river’s value to recreation, as well as the local ecosystem and economy, that has spurred a group to create a Satilla River Water Trail, celebrating the waterway as a local and tourist attraction. Sixteen people – tourism officials, river enthusiasts and Georgia Department of Natural Resources representatives – met last Tuesday to discuss planning for a canoeing and kayaking water trail, which would have official checkpoints, rest areas and an ongoing marketing effort. The first of several planned monthly sessions this year was facilitated by Gwyneth Moody, community programs coordinator for the Georgia River Network (GRN), based in Athens. The non-profit organization guides watershed groups along the steps for starting water trails and provides resource assistance. Satilla Riverkeeper Executive Director Ashby Nix explained the initial section of the roughly day-long paddle trip would include Pierce and Brantley counties, from the U.S. Highway 84 bridge at the Pierce-Ware county line down to a U.S. Highway 301 bridge. The trail could later be expanded upstream and downstream with the help of partnerships in adjacent counties. Just getting started, however, will take time – and volunteers. Moody outlined criteria to get the water trail operational and included on official listings. Kiosks would be set up at each access point, featuring information about the trail, endangered species and reminders about safety, keeping the river clean and respecting private property. Access points should provide “safe and legal access” to the river, Moody said. Parking would be held to the same standard. Moody explained the water trail would need to be sponsored by either a single group or collaboration. “There needs to be some organization maintaining the water trail, making sure the landings are safe and are not becoming dilapidated,” she said.

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