Our Staff
Nicole Hayler
Executive Director

B.A. History, Mount Holyoke College, Class of 1982.

Nicole Hayler has served as the Executive Director for the Chattooga Conservancy since 2013. Nicole previously served as Program and Development Coordinator for the Chattooga Conservancy from 1995 to 2012.

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Buzz Williams
Program Associate

B.S. Forestry, Clemson University, Class of 1977.

Buzz Williams has served as Program Associate for the Chattooga Conservancy since 2013, and Board Chairman since 2014. Buzz previously served as the Executive Director for the Chattooga Conservancy from 1995 to 2013.

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Taylor Howard
Program Associate

B.A. Communication, University of Kentucky, Class of 2011
J.D., University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, Class of 2014
Member of the Georgia State BAR since 2015

Taylor Howard has worked for the Chattooga Conservancy since September, 2014.

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Kelly Cochran
Administrative Assistant

A.A.S. Outdoor Leadership, Southwestern Community College, Class of 2016. She has worked for the Chattooga Conservancy since May, 2014.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Chattooga Conservancy’s mission is: “To protect, promote and restore the natural ecological integrity of the Chattooga River watershed ecosystems; to ensure the viability of native species in harmony with the need for a healthy human environment; and, to educate and empower communities to practice good stewardship on public and private lands.”

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OUR GOALS

The Chattooga Conservancy’s goals steer our program activities. These goals are to:

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Monitor the U. S. Forest Service’s management of national forest lands in the Chattooga watershed 
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Educate the public
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Promote public choice based on credible scientific information 
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Work cooperatively to develop a sound ecosystem initiative for the watershed
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Promote public land acquisition by the Forest Service within the watershed
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Protect remaining old growth and roadless areas
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Promote sustainable communities
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Promote conservation by honoring cultural heritage