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Public Comments on the Foothills Landscape Project: December 22, 2017 Deadline

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is seeking public comments on its “Proposed Action” for the Foothills Landscape Project. The purpose of this document is to describe the overall need for the Foothills Landscape Project and the broad goals that will be accomplished as a result of its implementation. An official copy of the proposed action document is available here.

Background: The Foothills Landscape Project is a massive “restoration” effort calling for various timber harvesting methods, silvicultural treatments, and other ground disturbing activities across a vast, 143,500 acre project area, including significant portions of the Chattooga River watershed. The project was developed with collaborative input stretching from October 2016 to October 2017. To learn more about the Foothills Landscape Project and its collaborative history, visit the project website.

Coming Soon: Chattooga Conservancy’s “Talking Points”: Check back soon for the Chattooga Conservancy’s official “talking points” on the Foothills Landscape Project which will outline our concerns with the project, and the problems we foresee were it to be implemented as currently proposed.

How to Submit Comments: Specific written comments on the Proposed Action for the Foothills Landscape Project are due on December 22, 2017, and may be submitted by mail to: Betty Jewett, Forest Supervisor, Attn: Angie L. Bell, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501, or by fax: 770-297-3011.  Comments may also be submitted electronically at the Foothills Landscape Project webpage by selecting the “Comment on Project” link in the “Get Connected” group at the right hand side of the project webpage. Please state “Foothills Landscape Project” in the subject line when providing electronic comments, or on the envelope when replying by mail.