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.

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.

Emily Anderson
Program Associate

B.S. Geology, Middle Tennessee State University, Class of 2012;
M.S. Geology, Northern Arizona University, Class of 2017.

Emily has served as a Program Associate for the Chattooga Conservancy since May of 2018. She has spent summers at the Chattooga River since 2013, and now lives in the area permanently with her husband and their dog.

Chanda Morrison
Administrative Assistant

B.S. Environmental Health Science, University of Georgia, Class of 1997.

In addition to working part-time for the Conservancy, she produces online content for VISIT OCONEE SC to promote recreation & tourism; and sends a monthly newsletter to the Long Creek community highlighting local happenings.

She lives in Mountain Rest with her husband and three daughters.  They enjoy playing in the Chattooga River every chance they get.


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.”



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

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