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Author Bolster, Paul, author.

Title Saving the Georgia coast : a political history of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act / Paul Bolster
Published Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 346 pages)
Series A Wormsloe Foundation nature book
Wormsloe Foundation nature book.
Summary "A broad-based coalition of conservative southern politicians, countercultural activists, environmental scientists, sportsmen, devout Christians, garden clubs in Atlanta, and others came together to push the Coastal Marshland[s] Protection Act of 1970 through the Georgia state legislature. The law was on a first-in-the-nation bill to save the marshes of the state from mining and aggressive development and was a political watershed which reflected the changing nature of the state and set a foundation that would lead to the thoughtful use of the state's coastal resources still relevant today. Led by St. Simons lawyer Reid Harris, the coalition backed an act that set up a permitting process to control development and protect 700,000 acres of marshland. That coalition did not survive for long. It was a magical moment in the history of conservation, when allies as diverse deeply conservative Governor Lester Maddox and an Atlanta hippie stood together. This study of a legislative initiative will look carefully at the details of the political environment, and the personalities of the state leaders and citizen advocates, that made the passage of this bill possible. Knowing the history of this policy cornerstone will be helpful to all who seek to resolve the conflicts between competing uses of environmental resources today"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 16, 2020)
Subject Georgia. Coastal Marshlands Protection Act -- History
Coastal zone management -- Georgia -- Atlantic Coast -- History -- 20th century
Wetland conservation -- Law and legislation -- Georgia -- History -- 20th century
Coastal zone management.
Wetland conservation -- Law and legislation.
Georgia -- Atlantic Coast.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0820357367