Georgia Legislators visit Sapelo Island and UGAMI

UGAMI’s Assistant Director for Operations, Jacob Shalack (right), speaking to Georgia legislators during their visit to UGAMI

State legislators participating in the Environmental Policy Academy visited the coast this week to learn about issues facing these communities. On Thursday they visited UGAMI to see our facilities and learn about our education and research programs, particularly those related to coastal resiliency. While on Sapelo Island, the legislators also toured and met with representatives of the Hog Hammock Community, the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Legislative Environmental Policy Academy is coordinated by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and provides Georgia legislators on the House and Senate Natural Resource and Environment Committee with current, objective information on the state’s most pressing environmental concerns.