Advocacy

Clean Mountain Streams 5.7.21

The streams of the southern Appalachians are a major recreation resource, are home to amazing species, and host some of the greatest diversity anywhere in the world. Georgia ForestWatch works to protect streams from sediment and herbicides during Forest Service timber projects, but streams are also threatened by ongoing issues/chronic sources of sediment.  Join us as […]

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Member Spotlight: Dr. Bill Witherspoon

Member Spotlight:  Dr. Bill Witherspoon Author:  Anne Heikkila, Board President Growing up in Knoxville, TN, William (Bill) Witherspoon has been interested in geology since he was 10 years old.  It wasn’t until he was in his mid-twenties however, that he decided to make a career out of it.  His interest was piqued by a London […]

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Outings and Events

Mt. Yonah Geology with Bill 11.21.21

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021Time: 10 – 4 pmLeader(s): Bill Witherspoon | Read more about Bill HEREMaking it possible: Roadside Geology of GeorgiaLocation: Mt. Yonah Description:Mount Yonah is a monadnock (like Stone Mountain), relatively recently isolated from the Blue Ridge escarpment as erosion has gradually gnawed at that southern edge of the highlands. Erosion continues: boulders that probably broke […]

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Outings and Events

Conasauga River Cleanup 10.23.21

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021Time: 9 – 12 pmMaking it possible: Keep Dalton/Whitfield Beautiful, Dalton State College, and more!Location: Conasauga River Help at one of the sites for the 27th annual event held in conjunction with Georgia’s Annual Waterway Clean-Up, Rivers Alive, and the United Way of Northwest Georgia’s Make a Difference Day. “The Conasauga River is one […]

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Outings and Events

Appalachian Trail Powell Mtn Overlook with Melanie 11.1.21

Photos by Melanie Vickers Date: Monday, November 1, 2021Time: 10 – 3 pm Leader(s): Melanie Vickers, Georgia ForestWatch Board MemberLocation: Appalachian Trail – Dicks Creek Gap to Powell Mountain Overlook Outing Description:Fall color should be at its peak as we ascend to Powell Mountain under a canopy of hardwoods. We’ll lunch at a rock outcrop on the summit with […]

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Headwaters of the Chattahoochee with Mallory 11.5.21

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021Time: 9:30 – 3 pmLeader(s): Mallory Pendleton, Headwaters Outreach ManagerMaking it possible: Chattahoochee RiverkeeperLocation: Headwaters of the Chattahoochee Outing Description:Thirty-five hundred feet high into the Blue Ridge Mountains at Chattahoochee Gap, where Jack’s Knob Trail dead ends into the Appalachian Trail, is a simple sign, pointing downhill, with a blue “W” for water. Thus begins […]

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Outings and Events

2021 Fall Retreat

Our Annual Fall Retreat is happening in person! We’ll gather Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at the open air Large Day Use Shelter at Lake Winfield Scott.  Rain or shine!  Proof of vaccination required.   Please note:  This is a venue change from previous years and from the initial plans that were mentioned in the sponsor letter.  […]

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Outings and Events

Blood Mtn Pollinator Hike with Irenee 9.24.21

Photos by Irenee Payne Date: Friday, September 24, 2021Time: 9:00 – 3 pmLeader(s): Irenee Payne, Pollinator CoordinatorPartners making it possible: Georgia Association of Conservation DistrictsLocation: Blood Mountain Outing Description:Observe and learn about pollinator activity in southeastern forests in late summer and fall! Meeting Place Directions:Byron Herbert Reece Trailhead Parking. If driving north on Hwy 19 from Cleveland/Dahlonega, GA, drive […]

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Successes

Cooper Creek Settlement

September 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 the spring of 2019. (Georgia ForestWatch, et. al. v. […]

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ForestNews

Around the Forest – Summer 2021

Around the Forest : By Jess Riddle ForestwideFoothills Landscape Project:  The Forest Service (FS) took the highly unusual step of issuing a revised Environmental Assessment for the 157,000-acre Foothills Landscape Project.  The project’s original review in late 2019 prompted over 2,000 public comments, mostly asking for change.   In response to that outpouring of concern and […]

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History of our forests with Cliff 10.9.21

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021Time: 2:30 – 4 pmLeader(s): Cliff Shaw, Retired ForesterLocation: Lake Winfield Scott Outing Description:History and shaping of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. stories of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Forest Ranger Arthur Woody Meeting Place Directions:Group Pavilion at Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area. A $5.00 entrance fee is required. See meeting place on Google Maps Distance and Difficulty:  […]

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