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Georgia Rivers Gala: Freedom to Float

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate river conservation efforts and support the future of river recreation.

Honor Georgia river conservationist President Jimmy Carter, celebrate the Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trail and support public access to Georgia’s waterways at the Georgia Rivers Gala on August 22nd at the Atlanta History Center.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, old-fashioned fish fry, brief program, and live music by Rob Jordan & Friends.

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Honor the river and coastal conservation legacy of President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter will receive the River Hero award for his enduring environmental legacy for Georgia’s rivers. Jimmy Carter’s grandson Jason Carter, former Georgia State Senator, will accept the River Hero award on behalf of his grandfather.

President Jimmy Carter also worked to protect water on the coast by creating the Shore Protection Act that saved Little Tybee Island from mining, and the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act that banned mining in the marsh. These success stories are proof points that our current legislature could save the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge from a proposed mine.

Celebrate the Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trail

The 120 miles of the Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trail is what allows visitors to explore the over 400,000 acres of wetlands and swamps within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Paddlers can float through cypress forests, wet prairies, and pine uplands with plenty of opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. The Okefenokee  is threatened by a proposed mining that would divert water from the swamp making portions of the water trails inaccessible.

We will honor Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Manager Michael Lusk for his continued efforts to protect the vital waterways within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Manager Michael Lusk testified at the Capitol in support of the Okefenokee Protection Act to ban mining on Okefenokee’s Trail Ridge.  USFWS sent this letter  with supporting science to Georgia EPD asking them to deny permits to mine to Twin Pines.


August 22
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Georgia River Network
(706) 549-4508
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Atlanta History Center
130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305 United States
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