A Changing Landscape

A Changing Landscape (HM17A7)

Location: Tybee Island, GA 31328 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 1.71', W 80° 53.548'

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How old is this forest? Prior to the early 1800's Cockspur Island was primarily a grassy salt marsh interspersed with a few, small, forested hammocks. But things were about to change. In 1829 the army began installing drainage canals and a dike system to drain the arsh in order to support the massive weight of Fort Pulaski. In addition the scattered, forested areas were cut to give a clear field of view of any approaching ships or other enemy forces. The army continued to prevent trees from growing on the island during the entire time that Fort Pulaski was occupied. After the military abandoned the fort in the late 1800's, the island once again underwe3nt major changes. Thousands of tons of sand and silt, dredged up from the Savannah River to create a deeper shippng channel, were placed along the shore of Cockspur Island. Trees and grush began growing on this higher ground and the maritime forest that you see before you began to emerge.Several important and interesting historical structures are located along this 1/4-mile long nature trail.
HM NumberHM17A7
Placed ByNationoal Park Service
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 8:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 510153 N 3543599
Decimal Degrees32.02850000, -80.89246667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.71', W 80° 53.548'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 42.60" N, 80° 53' 32.88" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30757 US-80, Tybee Island GA 31328, US
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