Okefenokee Swamp Park Unveils Ambitious Strategic Plan for 2024-2026



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Waycross, GA – June 24, 2024 – The Okefenokee Swamp Park Inc. (OSP) is proud to announce the launch of its strategic plan for 2024-2026, aimed at enhancing sustainable tourism, fostering regional economic growth, and preserving the unique ecosystem of the Okefenokee Swamp. This plan aligns with OSP's vision to deepen the appreciation of the swamp's ecological and cultural significance.

Key Highlights of the Strategic Plan:

Strengthening Governance

OSP is committed to enhancing its governance structure to better align with its mission. This includes:

Board Enhancement: Improving board effectiveness and engagement.

Policy Development: Creating and implementing policies that support the park's goals.

Financial Transparency: Adopting transparent financial practices to ensure accountability.


Advancing Regional Initiatives

The plan emphasizes the integration of OSP's initiatives with regional development strategies, including:

Regional Collaboration: Partnering with local governments and organizations to bolster economic growth in the region.

Tourism Integration: Aligning park activities with broader tourism strategies to maximize impact.

Infrastructure Improvement: Enhancing public infrastructure and services to support tourism growth.


Cultivating Partnerships

To further its mission, OSP will focus on building and strengthening partnerships:

Educational Partnerships: Collaborating with academic institutions to promote environmental education and research.

Non-Profit and Corporate Collaborations: Establishing relationships with non-profits and corporate entities to support conservation and educational initiatives.


"This strategic plan is a testament to our commitment to the Okefenokee Swamp's preservation and our community's growth," said Kim Bednarek, Executive Director of Okefenokee Swamp Park & Adventures. "We are excited about the opportunities this plan will create for sustainable tourism, regional development, and conservation efforts."


About Okefenokee Swamp Park: The Okefenokee Swamp Park is a non-profit dedicated to conserving the Okefenokee Swamp and educating the public about its unique ecosystems and cultural heritage. Located in Waycross, GA, the park offers a range of educational and recreational activities, including boat tours, paddling excursions, nature shows, and train rides, drawing visitors from across the globe.

For more information about the Okefenokee Swamp Park and its new strategic plan, please visit www.OkeSwamp.org