April 2023

Join the Community that

Supports the Park

Because Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC) is membership-driven and volunteer-powered, your financial support of our mission is very important!  Without you, we will not be able to adequately support the many unfunded needs of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA): environmental education, trail maintenance and restoration, facility improvements, water trail enhancements and more. 

A monthly membership is one of the best ways you can help the park. Sustaining memberships provide CNPC with a steady flow of funds to support CRNRA with special projects and trail and facility maintenance. Become a member today! 

Native Azalea Photo by Tom Wilson


Wood Ducks: A Conservation

Success Story

With their vibrant plumage and unique nesting habits, wood ducks are a popular target for sportsmen and birdwatchers alike. In the 19th century, habitat destruction and unregulated hunting-driven in part by a demand for decorative plumage for ladies’ hats-reduced wood duck populations to perilously low numbers. Efforts to protect remaining habitat and provision of artificial nest boxes, along with data-driven hunting regulations, have resulted in a population rebound.

Wood ducks are cavity nesters, preferring to nest in hollowed out trees, but readily utilizing nest boxes. Females incubate 7-15 eggs for about thirty days, after which the ducklings will plummet from the nest cavity and make their way to the water. Visitors to CRNRA park units have the good fortune to observe these attractive birds in their preserved habitat.

For more information about bird species that can be found in the park, visit Birds - Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Article by Callie R. Dodd
Photo by Tom Wilson

 New Memoir Celebrates the Chattahoochee 

Sally Bethea—former CNPC board president and retired executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper —has written a book that will be published this summer by University of Georgia Press. A blend of nature writing and memoir, the book “inspires, enlivens, and offers hope,” according to writer and environmentalist Janisse Ray.

Bethea was one of the first women in America to become a “riverkeeper”—a vocal defender of a specific waterway who holds polluters accountable. For two decades, she worked to restore the neglected Chattahoochee, which provides drinking water and recreation to millions of people, habitat for wildlife, and water for industries and farms. Pairing natural and political history with reflective writing, she draws readers into her watershed and her memories. She tells stories that range from joyous and funny to frustrating—even alarming—to illustrate what it takes to save an endangered river. Her tales are triggered by the regular walks she takes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area over the course of a year, finding solace and kinship in nature.

A book signing will be held on August 15 at the Island Ford Visitor Center to help celebrate the CRNRA’s 45th anniversary. Books can be pre-ordered now at https://ugapress.org/book/9780820364322/keeping-the-chattahoochee/ or purchased at the park event.

You Asked, We Listened!

Not that you need another reason to visit Cochran Shoals or the Jones Bridge units. But when you do, check out the new benches, installed following numerous requests for seating. Thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, the benches were added to the river overlooks along the Cochran Shoals fitness loop and to the Jones Bridge pier. Enjoy!

Article by Mark Sauer

A Gift in Memory of a Son 

Steve Cloer made a donation for one of the new benches at the Jones Bridge pier in memory of his son Benjamin “Lloyd” Cloer, a 2011 Norcross High School Honors Graduate. After high school, Lloyd attended Pomona College in California on a scholarship, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience. Coming back to Georgia, he attended Georgia State and then UGA as an artificial intelligence graduate student. Lloyd was only 3 weeks away from finishing the AI program before his life was taken by a senseless act of gun violence on November 10, 2019 near Athens. In 2020, Lloyd received his Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence posthumously from UGA. Lloyd’s passion and life goal was to use his education to make the world a better place for everyone in it.

Lloyd loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed spending time at the Jones Bridge unit of the CRNRA with his friends and his father. Steve is choosing to donate funds from his son's estate for projects and causes that were important to Lloyd. To learn more about Lloyd, visit “Lloyd Cloer’s Memorial Page” on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2541704642714986

We appreciate Steve and Lloyd’s generosity and know that many people will enjoy the amazing view of the river from the new bench

Left - 3/25/2016, Lloyd sitting on a rock at Jones bridge, located a few yards from the bench he funded.
Right - Steve with Lloyd; checking out the new bench Lloyd provided for park visitors.

Your Entry Fee Dollars at Work!

Construction is underway on the Powers Island step-down ramp at Cochran Shoals--funded by your park entry fees! The bridge leading from the parking lot to Powers Island is currently closed to the public. The park expects the step-down ramp to be completed and ready for the 2023 summer season. 

CNPC Welcomes Two New Board Members

Omotunde Oguntoyinbo is a senior account executive in Atlanta. She has always had a passion for civics and earned a Presidential Service Award for her work with AmeriCorps and City Year. Omotunde has been a resident of Atlanta since 2013 and currently lives in Old 4th Ward. She enjoys hiking the CRNRA with her dog Molly, reading the New York Times, travel and pilates. 

Neha Khanna, Director of Strategy and Operations for Resilient Georgia, is passionate about advancing public health innovation in children’s healthcare within local and global communities. She lives in Marietta with her husband and two children. Neha and her family cherish their hikes by the Chattahoochee River every weekend, and she is excited to help promote and preserve the CRNRA for generations to come.

We Partied for the Park!

Thank you to everyone who attended Party for the Park! The event sold out, and we raised much-needed funds for our wonderful local national park, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and its 15 units along 48 miles of National Water Trail.

Thank You to our Party for the Park Sponsors!

Upcoming Events! 

April Community Hike

April 22

10 AM - 1 PM


Community Volunteer Day

May 6

1 - 4 PM


Become a member or donate today!

YOU can help us achieve our vision of an inspired and thriving community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

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Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are proud to support our Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the national park system managed by the National Park Service.

Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 769332, Roswell, GA 30076
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