HELP US SWEEP THE HOOCH ON APRIL 6!
Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy is proud to sponsor the 9th Annual “Sweep the Hooch” on Saturday, April 6, 9AM-Noon. Volunteers will pick up trash on foot, in waders and by kayak/canoe at more than 40 sites along a 100-mile river stretch from Lake Lanier to Valley, AL. Last year, 900 volunteers removed twenty-four tons of trash from the river and park lands!
Join CPC board members and supporters at Whitewater in the East Palisades Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Last year, we filled dozens of trash bags and found some treasures: Buzz Lightyear, car keys, a busted canoe and more. Details and registration can be found here. Click on the registration link, select Walker, then choose WHITEWATER.
MASSIVE PUBLIC LANDS BILL PASSES SENATE
A Valentine’s Day gift for our public lands came early this year, when the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on February 12 in favor of the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade; it protects millions of acres of land and hundreds of miles of wild rivers across the country. Importantly, the legislation, which now goes to the U.S. House for a vote, also permanently reauthorizes the expired Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), made up of offshore drilling revenue. Over the years, LWCF funds have been used to purchase 450 acres of land in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
Please thank Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue for their support of this bill. Contact your House Rep TODAY to urge him/her to support the Natural Resources Management Act passed by the Senate. www.usa.gov/elected-officials
CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVERLANDS: AN EMERGING VISION
Last fall, the Trust for Public Land, Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb County and City of Atlanta announced the launch of a comprehensive planning process to develop a vision (a “transformative idea”) and plan for a 100-mile long public realm along the Chattahoochee River from Buford Dam to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area makes up almost half of the river corridor being studied.
CPC serves on the initiative’s steering committee, along with park staff. Landscape architecture and urban design studio SCAPE has been hired to conduct the Chattahoochee River Greenway Study and create a master plan that will stitch together a multitude of lands, such as city and county parks, state conservation lands, federal property and other trails.
REGRETS: We are sad to report the passing this month of Maureen Donohue, a longtime volunteer in the CRNRA and many other natural areas of Georgia. She especially liked to hike the Paces Mill Unit, where she was personally responsible for the care of native plants. A memorial service will be held at 11AM on March 11 at Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church, Clarkesville, GA.
THINGS TO DO IN THE PARK
2019 Walk & Talk Series – We’re offering five outings this year: spring ephemerals, birds, geology, forest bathing and a summer paddle – all in the park and all FREE! CPC members will receive an invitation and get first dibs to register for these space-limited events. Not a member yet? Sign up here.Atlanta Bird Fest – April 13-May 19. The southeast’s largest bird and nature festival. Early registration begins March 1 for Atlanta Audubon Society members; open to the general public on March 8. For events and to register, click here.
RAIN OR SHINE! Winter Owl Prowl, Campfire and Night Hike – Sat, Feb 23 (6:30-9:30PM) at the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center. Reservations required at 678-538-1200.
BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Sat, Mar 16 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts. Details here.
2019 Sweep the Hooch – Sat, April 6 (9AM-Noon) Register TODAY!
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