The Cornelia Walker Bailey Program, named after the late Cornelia Walker Bailey, is a community-based social science initiative aimed at addressing crucial questions about agriculture, property politics, and related issues in Sapelo Island.
Bailey was a prominent figure who fought to preserve the Gullah-Geechee community on Sapelo Island, which is one of the most intact communities in the United States.
The program partners with various entities, including faculty, students, the State Department of Natural Resources staff, the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, and residents of the Hog Hammock community. The program also collaborates with Save Our Legacy Ourself, an organization inspired by Bailey.
In this podcast episode, several experts, including Maurice Bailey, president and CEO of Save Our Legacy Ourselves; Jan McKinnon, project manager of Georgia Natural Resources; Christi Lambert, director of Coastal and Marine Conservation for The Nature Conservancy; Stephanie Knox, land conservation manager of the St Simons Land Trust; Nik Heynen, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia and Shell to Shore; Tyler Leslie of Shell to Shore; Tracy Brown, president and Hudson Riverkeeper; and Melanie Bishop, a co-founder of Living Sea Walls and a marine ecologist at Macquarie University, share their insights on relevant topics.