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ForestWatch Fall Retreat 2021

Together Again — ForestWatch Fall Retreat 2021By Sue Harmon, Board Member Foothills Landscape Project – J. D. McCrary, Executive Director More than 90 Georgia ForestWatch members and friends gathered on October 9 at the Lake Winfield Scott Pavilion to celebrate the work we’ve done, learn about the work yet to be done, and welcome our […]

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BMTA Seeking National Scenic Trail Status

Benton MacKaye Trail Association Seeking National Scenic Trail Status for the BMTA One of our partner organizations, the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) announced that they are seeking Congressional approval for the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) to be designated a National Scenic Trail. To date, only 11 long-distance trails have received the prestigious designation. These […]

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Around the Forest Fall 2021

Around the Forest Blue Ridge District – Nick Nichols, District Leader The Blue Ridge Ranger District has recently posted a number of SOPAs (Scopes of Proposed Actions), to which GAFW leaders have responded and which are detailed below. Fall 2021 Recreational Events totaling 1862 “service days”.  GAFW recommended limiting the number of events and individuals.  […]

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Pollinators on Blood Mountain

Pollinators on Blood MountainAuthor: Andrew Linker, Outreach Coordinator A shiny hiney indicates our native carpenter bee, and a fuzzy hiney with stripes would be our native bumblebee! We saw both, as Irenee Payne, Naturalist and Pollinator Coordinator for Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, led an amazing hike up Blood Mountain on the first chilly morning […]

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Good News About Cooper Creek

Good News About Cooper CreekAuthor: David Govus, District Leader October 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 […]

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Book Review: Finding the Mother Tree

Book Review: Finding the Mother TreeBy : Sue Harmon, Board Member You probably know of Suzanne Simard from her famous TED talks about how trees talk to each other, which began in 2014 and have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide.  Simard has now done more than just talk.  She’s written a […]

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From the Director Fall 2021

From the Director Fall 2021By : J. D. McCrary, Executive Director As our planet and climate continue to change, so must Georgia ForestWatch as an organization. Coming in as the new Executive Director has been a heartwarming experience, and while I strive to learn each of your names and more about the organization’s history and […]

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History of Mill Creek’s Old-Growth by Cliff Shaw

Saving Mill Creek’s Old-Growth   Author:  Cliff Shaw The Mill Creek watershed in Fannin County contains one of the largest surviving areas of unlogged old-growth forest on the Chattahoochee National Forest.  Although part of Mill Creek’s magnificent ancient forest was clear cut by Forest Service timber sales in the mid to late 1980s, the preservation of […]

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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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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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