Underneath trees draped in Spanish moss, between marshland and overlooking the expanse of the Intracoastal Waterway, lies Cabin Bluff. This approximately 11,000-acre property lies within the Lower Satilla watershed adjacent to Cumberland Island, is the last large, undeveloped portion of the Georgia coast. Cabin Bluff is a lush, highly diverse landscape of salt marsh, tidal creeks, pristine maritime forests and fire-managed pine flatwoods.
While slash pine currently dominates the upland pine, longleaf pine can be effectively restored with continued fire management. These forests are vitally important for healthy populations of gopher tortoise, indigo snake and other inhabitants of the imperiled longleaf pine ecosystem.
The longterm vision for Cabin Bluff is its permanent protection through conservation easements and for a portion of the property to be open for public access. The Nature Conservancy acquired Cabin Bluff in June 2018 with the support of numerous partners, including the Open Space Institute, which invested in the purchase and holds an 8 percent undivided interest in the property.
ANIMALS AT RISK
- Gopher tortoise
- Wood stork
- Eastern indigo snake
- Shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon
- Striped newt
- Tri-color bat
- American oystercatcher
ECOSYSTEMS AT RISK
- Longleaf pine
- Maritime forests
- South Atlantic coastal non-riverine swamp forest