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Union County Proposed Shooting Range Near Appalachian Trail

Letters from the public and organizations like Georgia ForestWatch typically improve Forest Service project proposals.  Sometimes though, projects that receive initial Forest Service approval still contain major issues. In those cases, people may formally object and have the decision reviewed by the next official up the Forest Service hierarchy, though there are some requirements that […]

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2019 Fall Retreat

Join us for the annual Georgia ForestWatch Fall Retreat and Membership Meeting at Vogel State Park on October 12, 2019! Come just for the day, or stay over Friday and Saturday nights. Friday:Potluck Dinner: Come late Friday afternoon with your favorite dish to share for dinner.We’ll have a cooler and ice available for chilling beer […]

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Learning Hemlocks + Loving Waterfalls 9.28.2019

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019Time: 10 am – 4 pmLeader(s): Stacie James, Program Coordinator, UNG Environmental Leadership Center; Jim Sullivan, long-time ForestWatch leader and woolly adelgid warrior, working through the Forest Health Program with the Georgia Forestry Commission; and Sue Harmon, GFW Board Member and Master Naturalist.Location: Hemlock Falls Trail at Moccasin Creek State Park, Rabun CountyOuting […]

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Stream Ecology with Becca 9.20.2019

Leader(s): Becca Risser, Executive Director of Soque River Watershed Association and Andrew Linker, ForestWatch Outreach CoordinatorLocation: Raper Creek, Soque Watershed, Habersham CountyDate: Friday, September 20, 2019Duration: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Outing Description: Join us for a walk in Raper Creek–really, IN the creek–to learn more about the Soque Watershed and the other precious rivers and streams in north […]

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Protecting Ash Trees

Georgia Forestwatch is seeking to save some Biltmore Ash trees in Georgia’s National Forest and your contribution will help: 1. Purchase the treatments that will save the trees from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer 2. Pay for a Licensed Pesticide Applicator to be present during treatments 3. Help organize and train volunteers to participate! TIMELINE:July […]

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How proposed rule changes threaten Georgia’s forests

By: Jess Riddle, Georgia ForestWatch Executive Director Perhaps the best way to understand the magnitude and gravity of the rule changes the Forest Service is proposing is to view them in the context of areas familiar to many Georgia ForestWatch members and volunteers.  We’ve talked about the Cooper Creek project many times because it is […]

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NEPA Talking Points

By Southern Environmental Law Center staff Basic information about the proposal: The Forest Service is proposing to eliminate public participation and science-based analysis for nearly every decision affecting national forests, from timber sales to road construction to pipeline rights of way. The Forest Service is required by law to take public comments on this proposal, […]

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Example Letter for a CRITICAL Current Issue

Letters to the Forest Service by Georgia ForestWatch members have improved many Forest Service projects and helped to preserve old-growth forests, keep streams clean, and protect recreation opportunities. Some people, though, may not write because they feel like they don’t know where to begin. We have copied here one ForestWatch member’s letter to the Forest Service about […]

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