UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant engage Georgians in environmental stewardship and sustainable land use practices that help conserve water resources, native plants, habitat and wildlife while simultaneously encouraging sustainable environmental and economic development.
Through technical assistance and the EcoScapes conservation landscaping program, practices to protect water quality, reduce runoff, recharge groundwater supplies and reduce pollutants from human activities are offered. With over 100 native plant, flower and tree species in seven specialized gardens, the EcoScapes native plant demonstration garden emphasizes the many native plants benefits for healthy coastal ecosystems.
Weather-related hazards such as flooding, hurricanes and storm surge present constant challenges in coastal Georgia. Our hazards program partners with national, state and local agencies to identify specific coastal community hazard needs and provide local governments with technical expertise, data and tools to guide in hazard preparedness.
Recognizing the importance of local planning to encourage sustainable environmental and economic development, our planning program provides technical assistance to local planners, managers and elected officials to strengthen local comprehensive plans and outreach to community stakeholders.
UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant faculty and staff provide practical solutions for sustainable land use questions, challenges and issues.