The Wormsloe Foundation Nature Books series, an imprint of the University of Georgia Press, has been named as an honoree of the inaugural One Hundred Miles 100 for its contribution to the preservation of the Georgia coastline.
One Hundred Miles is a 501(c)3 coastal advocacy organization with a mission of protecting, preserving, and enhancing the 100-mile Georgia coast. Led by a dedicated staff of five and a committed seven-member Board of Directors, One Hundred Miles focuses on core issues of water and wetlands, land use, changing climate, and wildlife.
One Hundred Miles builds programs around the guiding principle that preserving the natural features of Georgia coast is critical for long-term quality of life and sustainable economic growth. With the One Hundred Miles 100, the organization recognizes 100 individuals and businesses who have made a significant difference in raising awareness and furthering ecological advocacy on the Georgia coast.
“It is a definite honor to be included with so many people and organizations dedicated to preserving our precious coast. The Wormsloe Nature Series is something that everyone at Wormsloe is very proud and pleased to be associated with,” said Craig Barrow, president of the Wormsloe Foundation and chairman of the UGA Press advisory council.
The One Hundred Miles 100 reception was held on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center as part of the first annual 100 Miles Conference, where the Press was recognized as a leading contributor of conservationist writing. Other honorees included Press authors Janisse Ray, Buddy Sullivan, Carol Ruckdeschel, Charles Seabrook, Philip Juras, and the late Jack Leigh and Bob Shoop, as well as advisory council members Dr. Paul Pressly, Sarah Ross, and Dink NeSmith.
“Owing to the extraordinary books in the Wormsloe Foundation Nature series, tens of thousands of readers now better understand the critical importance of protecting the Georgia coast and, by extension, the importance of all coastal ecosystems,” said Director of the University of Georgia Press, Lisa Bayer. “The University of Georgia Press and the Wormsloe Foundation are deeply honored by this recognition of our environmental publishing program.”
The Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book imprint is dedicated to informing and educating general readers about the unique natural environments of the Southeast and the pressing need to preserve them. Started in 2004, the imprint is generously supported by the Wormsloe Foundation, which has partnered with the Press for more than 60 years. Books in the series that directly reference coastal concerns include Drifting into Darien, The Wild Treasury of Nature, Marsh Mud and Mummichogs, Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, Common Birds of Costal Georgia, The Seasons of Cumberland Island, and The World of the Salt Marsh.