Athens Community with Kathy and Marie 8.19.20

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 9 – 11 am
Leader(s): Kathy Stege and Marie Dunkle
Location: State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens

Join board member and Athens area advocacy group leader Kathy Stege, and outgoing president Marie Dunkle for our first ForestWatch Athens group in-person meeting. Marie, who leads Rabun County area advocacy group, will share how they successfully mobilized to comment on the Chattahoochee National Forest Foothills Plan and on proposed sales of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest tracts. We’ll also give an overview of concerns about the Foothills Landscape Project, and why we’ll need your help to respond to the Forest Service responses expected this fall. Our focus will be to listen to you and get to know each other; it’ll be fun. 

After the meeting we’ll stroll the Orange Trail and back up the Purple Trail, a total of about 1 mile.  Come for either or both.

Meeting Place Directions:
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Avenue Athens, GA 30605

Park in the lower Day Chapel lot, and carry your chair down to the Chapel.  We’ll sit outside in the shade.  (There is also a short road from that parking lot down through the trees to a handicap parking area just next to where we’ll sit.)
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Cancellation: Registrants will be notified by email, by 6:00 pm the evening before the hike, if the outing is cancelled due to forecast of severe weather, etc.

Pet Policy: No pets this time.

Effective July 2020: For the safety of participants and outings leaders, we are limiting outings to 10 participants and weekdays only (to avoid crowds).  We also require that participants:

  • Do not come if you have a dry cough, fever, loss of sense of smell, or are otherwise feeling unwell;
  • Do not come if you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19;
  • Do not carpool;
  • Are prepared to stay at least six feet away from other participants.