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Governor George Busbee’s Executive Order – June 15, 1978

“Whereas:
Only if Ossabaw Island remains in its natural state will it provide protection for the mainland from Atlantic storms, permit the continued functioning of the marshes which provide water and air purification, essential to human habitation of the Georgia mainland; and provide conditions not artificially altered by human intervention which are necessary for meaningful research in environmental sciences.

NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME AS THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

That Ossabaw Island be dedicated as a Heritage preserve to protect, conserve, and preserve the natural and cultural resources of this island for the benefit of present and future generations, and that Ossabaw shall only be used for natural, scientific, and cultural study, research, and education and environmentally sound preservation, conservation, and management of the island’s ecosystem, under conditions carefully monitored and controlled by the Department of Natural Resources; that construction of a bridge or causeway to provide access from the mainland or any other coastal island would be inconsistent with the uses for which Ossabaw Island is dedicated; and that construction of an airport would be inconsistent with this dedication, except that a grassed, unlighted landing strip many be used for official and emergency purposes in connection with the management of Ossabaw Island.”