Working for you, working for the forest. Our employees are based out of our office near the historic Dahlonega Square in Georgia. They administer our programs and are the point of contact for the general public. You are welcome to stop in and visit with us, shop our merchandise, process your membership, or just say hello.


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Don Davis, Executive Director
Don Davis, our new Executive Director, was born and raised near Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (with a specialization in Environmental Sociology) and taught at Dalton State College for 17 years. Don has also been the Executive Director of two Georgia environmental non-profits: the Armuchee Alliance and the Georgia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. His tenure with the Armuchee Alliance during the 1990s gave him the unique opportunity to work closely with Georgia ForestWatch, as the Alliance and ForestWatch collaborated on forest planning issues in what was then the Armuchee Ranger District of the Chattahoochee National Forest. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles with environmental themes. His book Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians established his reputation as a leading environmental historian of the southern Appalachian region, and won SELC’s Philip D. Reed Writing Award for the best book on the southern environment.


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Jess Riddle, Forest Ecologist
Jess grew up hiking in the Chattahoochee National Forest where he developed an interest in everything in the forest that didn’t run away from him. He earned his MS from the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry by studying how climate influences tree growth and how that influence varies depending on whether a tree is growing at the southern or northern edge of its range. Since then he has participated in investigations of riparian forests along the Missouri and Sacramento Rivers. He also conducts research on maximum tree sizes, and led Georgia ForestWatch’s old-growth project.


Lyn Hopper Office Manager

Lyn Hopper, Office Manager
Lyn is retired from a 30-year public library career, including service as an independent consultant for libraries and nonprofits, Georgia’s Assistant State Librarian for Library Development, and Director of the Chestatee Regional Library System. She holds post-graduate degrees from Emory University and Florida State University. Lyn lives north of Dahlonega and enjoys a view of the national forest from her front deck.


JOB Opportunities at Georgia ForestWatch: 

Outreach Coordinator Needed. Click here for more details.