To protect the coast of the Altamaha River Watershed, the Malcolm
Fraser Foundation is challenging the Altamaha Riverkeeper and its
members to match a grant of $50,000 to establish a new Altamaha
Coastkeeper staff position and program.
Georgia’s coast is less than a hundred miles long, yet it contains one
third of the eastern United States coastal salt marsh. The small creeks
and streams that feed the Altamaha River’s bountiful estuarine ecosystem
contain one of the most productive habitats in the country. The estuary
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Summer 2006 Newsletter
Help Protect our
Priceless Marsh and Estuary
Our watershed and the biodiversity it supports are at risk
In these parts, Wendell Berryhill is well known for his
volunteer work in the environmental community. Now
this Cochran resident is well known nationwide.
Likewise, the Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) is also well
known in Georgia for working to protect habitat and solve
water quality problems throughout Georgia’s largest
watershed. ARK is nationally renowned, thanks to Berryhill,
who was selected as the 2006 Budweiser Conservationist of
Along with the title comes $50,000 in grant funding
from Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to give to the conservation group of his choice.
“It is an honor to be named Conservationist of the Year,”
said Berryhill. “But, the best part is being able to turn the
money over to the Altamaha Riverkeeper so that it can be
used to protect our watershed.”
It’s clear that the newly bestowed recognition hasn’t
gone to Berryhill’s head.
“I will continue to volunteer every day,” he said. “I am
thoroughly committed to the work. It inspires me.”
Many other people nationwide are also inspired and
committed to conserving the environment and the great
outdoors. In fact, Budweiser received a large number of
nominees who have made exceptional efforts towards
conservation over the last year.
A committee selected and publicized its selection of the
top four nominees. Besides Berryhill, finalists