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Old-growth happenings

by Sue Harmon : Board Member Cliff Shaw continues to ramble across his section of the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of new big trees and old-growth areas on the forest. His recent discoveries have prompted him to revise and update his Rambling Through Old-Growth Past and Present: A Personal Survey of Surviving Old-Growth on […]

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How long-gone homesteads led to the Clean Mountain Streams Campaign

By: David Govus Why should an environmentalist care about the condition of a road?  Seeing the Flatlands Road is enough to make one care. This eroding nightmare at one time connected several old homesteads to the community of Suches. The Forest Service now owns this land, and the road serves only as an off-road playground […]

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Around the Forest: Fall 2020

By: Jess Riddle, Executive Director National Issues Forest management is being pushed back towards the bad old days of logging for the sake of logging.  Over the last 30 years forest management has significantly improved as people saw the damage caused by forest exploitation and demanded greater ecological consideration.  Some timber beasts are still around, […]

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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
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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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