Year: 2019

Issues

Foothills Landscape Project

Updates:01/10/2020 30-Day Comment period ended12/11/2019 Official 30-Day Comment period began12/2/2019 Draft Environmental Assessment released RESOURCES: ForestWatch and partner’s Official Comment January 10, 2020 Official Comment Reading Room Compilation of example comments Environmental Assessment – Forest Service 12/2/2019 Foothills Landscape Project Documents – Forest Service Page ForestWatch and partner’s comments on project plans, December 2017 Main […]

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Issues

Selling Our Forest Lands

By : Marie Dunkle, ForestWatch Board President In December of 2018 the “Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” colloquially known as the “Farm Bill,” was passed into law by the U.S. Congress.  A section of that Public Law entitled “Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment” allows the USFS to sell isolated tracts of Georgia National Forest land […]

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Another Fun Fall Retreat

By : Sue Harmon, Board past president More than 90 ForestWatchers attended this year’s Fall Retreat, coming together to stay abreast of current management issues in the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest and to have a good time while doing it!  Fellowship, inspiration, and good food alongside the beautiful Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park made […]

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Union County Target Range

By : Nick Nichols Last October, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a proposed Special Use Permit for a target range to be located on Chattahoochee National Forest land in Union County. Located off Highway 180 near Brasstown Bald, the 15-acre gun range would be constructed by Union County on property leased from the USFS.  […]

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ForestNews

East Nottely Project–Seven Years Later

By : Jess Riddle, Executive Director If each Forest Service project worked exactly as described, some of ForestWatch’s concerns would simply go away.  Forests are complicated though, and the future is always less predictable than it seems. So as I walked with a group of ForestWatchers down a gated road into the East Nottely Project, […]

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From the Director Fall ForestNews

Once again recently I found myself in a public Forest Service (FS) meeting listening to the FS answer a question and wondering how to make sure the best management options received fair consideration.  I was at the annual meeting for OFHWHIP (Oconee Forest Health and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Project—acronym much needed), the Oconee Ranger District’s […]

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Membership

Fall Membership Appeal

Georgia ForestWatch is a member-driven organization.  You spend time in the forest and see what’s going on. You have protected soils, kept streams clean, and located previously unknown old-growth forests.  You have helped control invasive species and spread the word about the most significant unprotected areas in North Georgia by putting on last spring’s wildly […]

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Donor Spotlight

Donor Spotlight: Patty Lowe

By : Janice Eaton Backpacking the Appalachian Trail, flying in a private plane, or globetrotting, Patricia Lowe has adventured in more places than many can dream of. With a B.S. in Nursing and Masters in Public Health, Patty served as a U.S. Army Reserves Lieutenant Colonel and as Director of Public Health Nursing in Metro […]

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Hikes
Outings and Events

New Year’s Day Potluck and Hikes 1.01.2020

Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Leader(s): Melanie Vickers, Sue Harmon, Helen Meadors, and Craig BurkhalterLocation: Patterson Gap area in Rabun Gap, GA Outing Description: Join us for a New Years Day Hike and Potluck at the home of Helen Meadors. We’ll offer 2-3 different hike options of varying levels of difficulty (Easy to Strenuous) […]

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Grassy Mountain Old Growth hike with Jess 12.21.2019

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Leader(s): Georgia ForestWatch Executive Director and Ecologist, Jess RiddleLocation: Grassy Mountain Outing Description: Grassy Mountain touches Georgia’s forest past with its extensive old-growth, present as part of the Foothills Landscape project, and future as an exceptionally good place for species to migrate upslope in response to climate change […]

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