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Action Alert – The Biggest Threat Yet to Our Most Important Environmental Law

If you want to know what NEPA is and why it is important, take a listen to this one minute video. Your voice is needed again! Because, once again, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is under attack. Changes proposed by the CEQ (Council on Environmental Quality), which determines how NEPA will be carried out, […]

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Invasives 2.25.2020

Tuesday 2/25/2020 9:00:00 AM 1:00:00 PM Lead: Andrew LinkerLocation: Etowah Bridge; Dahlonega GA Minimum # of registrants required: 5 Outing Description:Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) is quickly gaining ground on part of the forest just 20 minutes away from our office in Dahlonega. Learn how to identify, upload data to citizen science mobile app for invasives, […]

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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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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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The biggest meetings for the biggest project

Foothills Landscape Project The Forest Service has just announced THE three dates for in-person, public input before the Foothills Landscape Project is started. The Forest needs your participation and voice. The Foothills Landscape Project spans from the South Carolina border to Chatsworth and encompasses 157,625 acres, more than a fifth of the entire Chattahoochee National Forest. The […]

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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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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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Comment NEPA Rule Change

Comment Portal – First Round of comments due August 12, 2019

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