Altamaha WMA: Rhett's Island Phase 1 Complete

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) have partnered on a multi-phase, $8.7-million restoration and enhancement project on Altamaha Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in McIntosh County. Altamaha WMA is a priority conservation area in Georgia for waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, and is highly utilized by the public for waterfowl hunting, fishing, birding and other outdoor recreational pursuits. DU recently completed the first of two planned phases of wetland restoration and enhancement work on the Rhett’s Island Unit of Altamaha WMA. This first phase of construction included the installation of 12 water control structures across three managed tidal impoundments on Rhett’s Island. These water control structures have enhanced circulation and water management capabilities within these wetland systems and will be utilized by GADNR WMA staff to promote the growth of beneficial emergent vegetation and submerged aquatic vegetation, such as wigeongrass, to support migratory waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds that utilize this important area on the Georgia coast. The second phase of restoration and enhancement work is currently in the permitting phase of project delivery and is schedule to go to construction in late summer/early fall of 2020.