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 project includes vegetation, road, and recreation management, and proposes up to 55,000 acres of commercial timber harvests and 63,000 acres of herbicide application. It also includes some of our most cherished places:
- the lower Chattooga River, well-known for whitewater rafting, and one of our major wildlife habitat corridors
- the Jake and Bull Mountain trails, enjoyed by mountain bikers and horseback enthusiasts, and one of the most popular multi-use trail systems on the forest
- Grassy Mountain, home to the biggest block of old growth forest we have left in north Georgia
The Foothills are the gateway to the mountains, and the effects of this project will be difficult to avoid when visiting the mountains. Previously, the Forest Service has pursued logging and land management projects one watershed at a time, leaving similar areas untouched. But with Foothills, they’re doing the entire landscape–and if they take the wrong approach, the whole area will be impacted. The scale of the project and lack of information identifying what and where require us to call on your presence and participation to continuing protecting and preserving the Chattahoochee National Forest.
You can read more on the breadth and specifics of this 157,625 acre management proposal using the following resources:
ForestWatch and partner’s comments on project plans, December 2017
Main components and potential to further the collaborative effort
Foothills Landscape Project Documents – Forest Service Page
Environmental Assessment – Forest Service 12/2/2019
Get up to speed, Then show up!
Join Georgia ForestWatch for a quick overview and Q&A webinar with Executive Director Jess Riddle the day BEFORE the Forest Service meetings/Community Conversations:
4 p.m. Monday December 2, 2019
See the call-in info for the Chatsworth ForestWatch webinar!
4 p.m. Tuesday December 3, 2019
See the call-in info for the Clayton ForestWatch webinar!
4 p.m. WedDecember 4, 2019
See the call-in info for the Dahlonega ForestWatch webinar!
Official Forest Service Community Conversations on Foothills
Your chance to show up:
6-8 p.m. Tuesday December 3, 2019
Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce
126 N 3rd Avenue Chatsworth, Georgia 30705
6-8 p.m. Wednesday December 4, 2019
Kingwood Country Club and Resort
The Rabun Room401 Country Club Drive Clayton, Georgia 30525
6-8 p.m. Thursday December 5, 2019
Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Department Heritage Main Room
365 Riley Road Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
After official Foothills Community Conversations meetings, ForestWatch will provide more opportunity for community building and conversations surrounding the topics discussed. Tentative meetings plan to be held:
- 12:30 p.m. Thursday December 5th in Clayton
- 8:30 p.m. Thursday December 5th in Dahlonega