The Cumberland Island National Seashore is a national treasure that is enjoyed by over 60,000 visitors per year. The Board of Commissioners of Camden County, Georgia is attempting to obtain a license for a commercial spaceport that will require rockets to be launched directly over the National Seashore. This ill-advised plan puts the Cumberland Island National Seashore in peril from exploding rockets, environmental contamination and other significant risks. The proposed spaceport would be the first spaceport in the United States where rockets are launched over a national park with active visitation and private homes.
The U.S. National Park Service has raised concerns as to the impact the proposed spaceport may have on federally protected migratory birds and endangered marine species. The Cumberland Island National Seashore is home to a number of federally protected migratory birds, shorebirds and endangered marine species, including Bald eagles, Piping plovers, Wood storks, Loggerhead sea turtles, Green sea turtles, Leatherback sea turtles, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, North Atlantic Right whales, Humpback whales and West Indian manatees. This campaign will emphasize the negative impacts that a commercial rocket launch facility will likely have on these important species. These negative impacts obviously include the prospect of a rocket exploding over or in close proximity to the National Seashore and permanently destroying these species' habitats.
For more information, visit: www.protectcumberlandisland.org