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 Did you know that pollinators deliver ⅓ of the food we eat?

Or that approximately 75% of all flowering plant species need them to survive?

 

Bee City Roam GA

In Rome, Georgia you can attend a Bee Fest each June, or visit over 50 acres of pollinator plots sown with wildflower seeds.

The city of Warner Robins recently planted native flowers on two central medians, reducing roadway flooding and the need to mow. Learn more at beecityusa.org.

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Pictured from left to right. Darlene Fuller, Executive Director, Molly McClellan, Barbara Hawthorne, President Keep McIntosh Beautiful

 

Congratulations to Molly McClellan 2022 KMB Scholarship in the amount of $500.

Molly McClellan will be attending Coastal College in the Fall.

We send our best wishes for her success in her future career

Children of a wide range of ages listen as Darlene Garner-Fuller, Executive Director of Keep McIntosh Beautiful, talks about the importance of recycling and reuse, then each of them made a tote bag from an old T-shirt during the “Make it and Take it” activity. The June 14 program was part of Ida Hilton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for kids of all ages with a theme this year of “Oceans of Possibilities.”

Celebration for our newest Adopt-A-Highway Community Members – “Spartina Garden Club” and “FERST Readers !!”

Thank you for your hard work, commitment, and dedication to keeping our McIntosh roads beautiful and litter-free in Shellman Bluff.

 

Spartina Garden Club and FERST Readers have  Adopted Miles  from the intersection of Shellman Bluff Rd and Williamson Rd to Sutherland Bluff Rd

“Many thanks to all the volunteers who participated in our Earth Day Clean up with  Altamaha Riverkeepers.”

” Our Earth is the one thing we all have in common.”

“Together we are growing a culture of Beautification and Appreciation.”

Keep McIntosh Beautiful Organization Statement

 

RE: McIntosh County Roadside Chemical Herbicide Spraying

Whereas the chemical herbicides spraying approved in 2022 by the McIntosh County Commissioners is an environmental hazard and could put McIntosh County’s residents, vegetation, pollinators, and wildlife at risk. KMB is opposed to the spraying of chemical herbicides for the purpose of roadside vegetation control

McIntosh County is a vast landscape of pristine marshlands and waterways and home to all manner of mammal, bird, fish, and insect life. Citizens and tourists alike, call our county “paradise.” In keeping with the KMB Mission, we are here to provide beautification awareness, conservation resources and protect our homelands and wildlife.

Chemical herbicide could put shrimping, beekeeping, blueberry and row crop farming and household gardens at risk. McIntosh County is home to a notable array of wildlife consisting of shrimp, oysters, crabs, wood storks, dolphins, gators, pollinators and other birds and fish life. We need to act in a prudent manner for the conservation of our McIntosh “home.”

Our Recommendation:

  • Continue mowing our roadsides through this 2022 season.

  • Order a full Dept of Agricultural environmental land study.

  • Investigate the legal ramifications of using a widespread chemical herbicide.

  • Present the completed studies to the citizens of McIntosh County before choosing how to proceed.

Darlene Garner-Fuller

Executive Director, KMB

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Board Members, KMB


How long Until?

Keep McIntosh Beautiful was founded in 2009.  Its mission is to engage individuals, businesses, and organizations to take responsibility for improving our community’s surroundings.  KMB activities include an Adopt-a-Highway program, beautification projects, roadside, waterway, and beach clean-ups, recycling events and educational programs, and an abandoned building removal assistance program.

Darlene Garner-Fuller

Executive Director, KMB

and

Board Members, KMB

Keep McIntosh Beautiful

912-289-1083

keepmcintoshbeautiful@gmail.com

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation has launched the Litter Awareness Campaign. The campaign is a statewide public service campaign designed to bring attention to the issue of litter in Georgia with the use of digital and print media, local programs, and community outreach activities, including an online pledge component. In addition to harming wildlife and the environment, litter negatively impacts economic development, health, and safety across our state. Throughout this campaign, targeted messaging, programs, and initiatives will highlight these impact areas and provide resources for everyday actions to help reduce—and ultimately eliminate—litter in Georgia.

Why We Need This Campaign: National Statistics on Litter & Blight:
 • The direct cost of cleaning up litter: $11.5 billion nationally; $10 million in Georgia 
• When litter is present, property value decreases by 7%. 
• 93% of homeowners say that the presence of litter would influence their purchasing decision. 
• 36% of business development officials say that litter impacts their decision to locate to a community. 
• The number of people stealing doubles when litter and illegal graffiti are present. 
• Plastic trash in our environment is valued at $7.2 trillion, including 2% that is incinerated. 
• 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources. 
• Areas with beautified vacant lots have seen a 27.5% reduction in depression. 
• There is a 12% lower mortality rate associated with exposure to outdoor green areas. 
• There are more than 50 billion pieces of litter on our nation’s roadways, with 4.6 billion pieces larger than four inches in size.  
 • Most roadway litter—76%–originates from motorists and pedestrians. • 15% of litter occurs in already blighted environments.
 • Approximately 85% of littering results from individual attitudes. Changing individual behavior is key to preventing litter. 
 • 83% of litter near storm drains consist of smaller items under 4 inches.  
• Motorists not properly securing truck or cargo loads, including collection vehicles, representing 20.7% of roadway litter 4 inches-plus. Vehicle debris and improperly secured containers, dumpsters, trashcans or residential waste/recycling bins represent another 8.1% of litter over 4 inches.  

Join in our fight against litter!

Sign the pledge to end litter at https://www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org/end-litter

 

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KMB had a wonderful 11th Anniversary Oyster Roast and BBQ Fundraiser Saturday-great attendance, delicious oysters, clams, BBQ and desserts and beverages, music and lots of dancing with Michael Hulett Entertainment., a Silent Auction full of great items, 3 Drawings for 25 pounds of shrimp from Shell Creek Seafood, and Wine Toss fun – all at beautiful Hudson Creek Lodge! Please send photos we can post, or if you post, mark #keepmcintoshbeautiful.

Thanks to all who organized, helped, cooked and attended and to all our generous Sponsors and Contributors. All of you made this year’s Fundraiser a big success! We hope you had a wonderful time!

Thanks to all of our Platinum and Gold Oyster Roast Sponsors for 2020

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Thanks to our Silver Sponsors

Southeast Georgia Health System, Southeastern Bank and Crescent Equipment

KMB received a $3,500 Think Green Grant from Waste Management. Russ Hightower presented this to KMB Director Brandi Fisher November 12th at the County Commission meeting.

It’s the mission of KMB to engage residents, businesses and organizations in working together for a clean, green environment that enhances economic activity and helps make Darien and McIntosh County a great place to live, work, play and visit.  And together, we are making a difference!

Community involvement and support are what make possible Adopt-A-Highway, land and water cleanups, beautification projects, recycling and waste reduction events, our award-winning Abandoned Buildings Program and other activities.

KMB was named Non-Profit of the Year for 2017 by the Darien-McIntosh Chamber of Commerce.

 


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Join us TODAY during our Summer Membership Drive.  Your membership donation is 100% tax deductible.

KMB is already into an exciting new year.  There are so many ways to be involved in Keeping McIntosh Beautiful.

Cigarette Butts are America’s single most littered item!

Georgia’s Coast is Not An Ashtray is a Coast-wide awareness campaign funded by a grant from Keep America Beautiful that will have activities all summer long focused on proper disposal of cigarette butts and the problems caused by cigarette litter.  READ MORE

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A Storm Drain is Not an Ashtray

A beach is not an ashtray

A boat ramp is not an ashtray

Purpose

Preserving and protecting our coastal environment to enhance the beauty and economic activity of McIntosh County.

Mission

Engaging individuals and businesses to take greater responsibility for improving our community surroundings.

Vision

Working together for a greener, cleaner McIntosh County.

Goals

  • Education in the schools
  • Sign Code Adoption
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • River Clean Up
  • Beautification
  • Recycling

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at our Darien Waterfront Park Cleanup on Saturday.

Together, we were able to clean up 17 big bags of trash!