Apalachicola Riverkeeper


Georgia Ackerman
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The Apalachicola River Basin and Apalachicola Bay comprise the most ecologically diverse natural area in the southern United States. It's huge variety of plant and animal species include many that are rare, threatened or endangered. The Apalachicola River flows from the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers at the Georgia-Florida border, from there the River travels 107 miles through the high bluffs of Grand Ridge and Cody Scarp to the Gulf coastal lowlands. The largest flow of any river in Florida then reaches Apalachicola Bay creating a rich estuary. This basin supports a $7 billion dollar seafood industry in the Gulf of Mexico, that produces over 90% of the oyster harvest in Florida and over 12% of the nation’s oyster production. Apalachicola Bay is widely recognized as an exceptionally valuable estuarine system.

Georgia Ackerman became Apalachicola Riverkeeper in early 2018.  She has been involved with Apalachicola Riverkeeper for over a decade as a business sponsor, a program volunteer, and fundraising committee chair for the board of directors.  Most recently, she served as board president.Georgia is an avid kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. She ran a north Florida ecotourism company for nearly a decade where she spent time learning about the Apalachicola River system and began volunteering with Apalachicola Riverkeeper.  After selling her business in 2013, she was recruited to lead a regional conservation awareness initiative at Tall Timbers. Georgia has also worked with the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance to help promote local, sustainable farming. Georgia believes outside play and wild places are fundamental to both the health of humans and the planet.   She says, “People will protect what they love.  Also, people depend on this river system for their livelihoods. I’m constantly reminded by people’s actions how deeply they care about the Apalachicola River and the Bay that it nourishes. I’m eager to get to work on their behalf.”Georgia and her husband, Rick Zelznak, have two children, Karly, age 16 and Cole, 21. Their favorite free time activity is a family camping trip complete with bikes, board games and s’mores around an evening campfire.


PO Box 8
Apalachicola, Florida 32329