Month: November 2021

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ForestWatch Fall Retreat 2021

Together Again — ForestWatch Fall Retreat 2021By Sue Harmon, Board Member Foothills Landscape Project – J. D. McCrary, Executive Director More than 90 Georgia ForestWatch members and friends gathered on October 9 at the Lake Winfield Scott Pavilion to celebrate the work we’ve done, learn about the work yet to be done, and welcome our […]

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BMTA Seeking National Scenic Trail Status

Benton MacKaye Trail Association Seeking National Scenic Trail Status for the BMTA One of our partner organizations, the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) announced that they are seeking Congressional approval for the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) to be designated a National Scenic Trail. To date, only 11 long-distance trails have received the prestigious designation. These […]

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Around the Forest Fall 2021

Around the Forest Blue Ridge District – Nick Nichols, District Leader The Blue Ridge Ranger District has recently posted a number of SOPAs (Scopes of Proposed Actions), to which GAFW leaders have responded and which are detailed below. Fall 2021 Recreational Events totaling 1862 “service days”.  GAFW recommended limiting the number of events and individuals.  […]

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Pollinators on Blood Mountain

Pollinators on Blood MountainAuthor: Andrew Linker, Outreach Coordinator A shiny hiney indicates our native carpenter bee, and a fuzzy hiney with stripes would be our native bumblebee! We saw both, as Irenee Payne, Naturalist and Pollinator Coordinator for Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, led an amazing hike up Blood Mountain on the first chilly morning […]

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Good News About Cooper Creek

Good News About Cooper CreekAuthor: David Govus, District Leader October 2021. A recent settlement brought to an end a lawsuit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Georgia ForestWatch and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club concerning controversial timber cutting plans in the Cooper Creek project. The lawsuit was filed in […]

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Book Review: Finding the Mother Tree

Book Review: Finding the Mother TreeBy : Sue Harmon, Board Member You probably know of Suzanne Simard from her famous TED talks about how trees talk to each other, which began in 2014 and have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.  Simard has now done more than just talk.  She’s written a […]

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From the Director Fall 2021

From the Director Fall 2021By : J. D. McCrary, Executive Director As our planet and climate continue to change, so must Georgia ForestWatch as an organization. Coming in as the new Executive Director has been a heartwarming experience, and while I strive to learn each of your names and more about the organization’s history and […]

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Ocmulgee River Trail with Jess 2.5.22

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022Time: 10 – 3 pmLeader(s): Jess Riddle, EcologistMaking it possible: Green Leaf Ecological ConsultingLocation: Ocmulgee River Trail, Jasper County Description:Bottomland hardwoods winter tree ID. We’ll see many common floodplain tree species and discuss how they can be identified. We’ll also observe how slight changes in elevation within a floodplain can dramatically alter the habitat. Our […]

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Len Foote Hike Inn Overnight 2.21.22

Date: Monday-Tuesday, February 21-22, 2022Time: 5 pm on the 21st – 3 pm on the 22ndLeader(s): Cliff Shaw, retired forester for the hike back from the Hike InnMaking it possible: Len Foote Hike InnLocation: Amicalola State Park, Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area, Hike Inn Description:The Inn is a sustainably designed Georgia State Park facility nestled in the Chattahoochee National […]

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History of Mill Creek’s Old-Growth by Cliff Shaw

Saving Mill Creek’s Old-Growth   Author:  Cliff Shaw The Mill Creek watershed in Fannin County contains one of the largest surviving areas of unlogged old-growth forest on the Chattahoochee National Forest.  Although part of Mill Creek’s magnificent ancient forest was clear cut by Forest Service timber sales in the mid to late 1980s, the preservation of […]

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