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Journey into a Mountain Treasure

A New Member Perspective By: Steve Dawdy The edge of a National Forest is an interesting place. A border, it seems, between familiarity and mystery, between human frailty and nature’s power. A desolate country road and a lonely cabin to one side were oddly reassuring, while to our back an immense stand of green giants […]

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Book review

Reviewed by:  Sylwester Ratowt On September 14, 1869, approximately 25,000 onlookers gathered in New York’s Central Park to celebrate the centennial of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth. The scene was repeated all over the Americas and Europe. Humboldt was the most preeminent scientist of his time and has been described by his contemporaries as second in fame […]

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Donor spotlight: Bob Kibler

by Brent Martin : Director for GA/NC Bartram Trail Society Dr. Robert F. Kibler, or Bob to his many friends, first became involved with Georgia Forestwatch thirty years ago. It was 1990, and he had just retired as Head of Neurology at Emory University. A lifelong hiker and lover of the outdoors, he was seeking […]

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Foothills Landscape Project update

by Jess Riddle : Executive Director On December 4th, the public filled every seat, and uniformed Forest Service staff lined the walls at the Clayton Foothills Landscape Project meeting. The Forest Service presented for half an hour about how wonderful the Foothills Collaboration has been and outlined challenges the agency is facing. They did not […]

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Book review

Reviewed by  :   Debra Mihalic Staples Eager is a densely written book that covers an astonishing amount of history and science concerning beavers, and it’s more entertaining than you might expect. Ben Goldfarb, an award- winning environmental journalist, employs a wry, often witty, writing style, evident in such chapter titles as “Dislodged, “Realm of the […]

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The biggest threat yet to our most important environmental law

By: Jess Riddle, Executive Director The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is putting our wildlife, water quality, backcountry solitude, and public health at risk. It’s doing that by proposing sweeping changes to rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that would reduce environmental review and opportunities for public involvement in government decision making. The […]

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Around the Forest

Jess Riddle, Executive Director Blue Ridge Ranger District In January, a tornado struck the Blue Ridge Ranger District, and it severely damaged trees across 60 acres near Highway 60 and the confluence of Cooper Creek and the Toccoa River.  The District has proposed salvage logging this white pine dominated area, which would involve removing fallen […]

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From the Director

By: Jess Riddle, Executive Director In public conflicts, the side that cares the most usually wins. Over the past few months, I have been amazed time and again by how much the Georgia ForestWatch community cares about our forests. ForestWatch volunteers have shown their dedication by wading through bureaucratic documents on the Foothills Landscape Project […]

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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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Another Fun Fall Retreat

By : Sue Harmon, Board past president More than 90 ForestWatchers attended this year’s Fall Retreat, coming together to stay abreast of current management issues in the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest and to have a good time while doing it!  Fellowship, inspiration, and good food alongside the beautiful Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park made […]

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