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Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteers to provide valuable data to the US Forest Service (USFS) about Wilderness areas in Georgia. After a short virtual or in-person training, you can sign up to hike along the Appalachian Trail and other popular trails and document the number of visitors you encounter. This is a great opportunity for college credit in applicable courses such as social change, environmental studies, land management, and/or GIS.

Since the Wilderness Act of 1964, we have been fortunate to have permanently protected areas of land where one can go to get away from the hustle and bustle of development and human noise. We call these protected areas Wilderness (with a capital “W”) and we want to keep them wild, for our sake and for the wonderful native plants and animals found there.

Georgia ForestWatch, in partnership with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) and the US Forest Service, is coordinating trained volunteers and communicating valuable data so USFS Recreation Managers can make the best decisions regarding Wilderness areas.

Volunteers needed

Read About our Success for the 2022 Season

About Our Wilderness

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Year 1 (2022)

Raven Cliffs Falls
Blood Mt/Byron Herbert Reece
Woody Gap to Jarrard Gap

Year 2 (2023)

At Neel Gap to Hogpen Gap
At Chattahoochee Gap to Unicoi Gap

81 Crown Mountain Place
Building C, Suite 200
Dahlonega, GA 30533

(706) 867-0051