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What do you value about Georgia's Coast?

Mapping and Measuring
the Social Values of Ecosystem Services

Our attitudes and behaviors often stem from experiences with nature. Pressure from population growth can have long ranging impacts for everyone looking to enjoy a healthy and pristine natural coastal environment. Managers strive to better understand the contributions made by elements of the coastal ecosystem and how they valued in order to manage them properly. Managers that are aware of the value that their or stakeholders place on a given landscape can incorporate this knowledge into the decision-making process.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary together with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve have created a survey to measure and map the social values of the natural resources in the inshore and offshore region mapped below.

Coastal Study Area

Study Area: Coastal Region from St. Catherine's to St. Simon's and 30 miles offshore

We need the YOUR input! Please take the Social Values of Coastal Georgia survey that can be found at the link below. We value you opinion. The survey closes on the October 17th!

Please use the passcode GRNMS

For more information or interested in helping up survey, please contact: Jarrod Lorezel at


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