Those who hunt the Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta WMA are encouraged to stay involved and continue sharing opinions and thoughts during an ongoing U.S. Forest Service planning project.
The next workshop for the “Foothills Landscape Project” will be held May 23-24 in Gainesville. Several other events will be taking place prior to that workshop, including a webinar conversation on May 16, a field trip on May 12 and a science symposium on Thursday, May 4.
With good forest management strategies going forward, public land in the north Georgia mountains could see much improved habitat and better wildlife populations on the nearly 145,000 acres of public land across the eight counties that is being looked at in the project.
The Foothills Landscape Project began with a series of Community Conversation meetings in the fall of 2016, followed by a winter workshop in late January and a mid-spring workshop in March.
The information for the May 23-24 workshop is as follows:
May 23: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and/or
May 24: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The workshop will be held at the Kingswood Resort, 401 Country Club Drive, Clayton, GA, 30525
The two workshop days will build on top of each other. However, the workshops are structured to be independent from each other, meaning hunters do not have to attend both days.
This workshop will help determine the greatest needs for the area, make goal statements, and discuss what the Collaborative Community will recommend for future workshops.
To register for the upcoming workshop, click here.
To speak to someone directly or ask questions about the first two workshops, you can attend the webinar conversation that will be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 5-6 p.m. To join the meeting, you can click here or call the Conference Line for just audio at (888) 844-9904. Use the access code 1839850#.
If you would like to see an area that has previously undergone forest management, you can attend a field trip that will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 12. To learn more information about this field trip, you can find it here.
To receive more information about the Foothills Landscape Project, please read this article or visit the Foothills Landscape project page on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest website by clicking here.
If you are interested in the science behind what will be used to guide the project, plan to attend the first Science Symposium that will be held Thursday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location will be the Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Highway 255 North, Sautee Nacoochee, Ga. 30571. If you plan to attend, the forest service asks that you register. You can click here to register, as well as find a schedule of how the day will go.
You can also keep up with the project by checking their website, as well as their Facebook and Twitter accounts (@ChattOconeeNF).