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🌲georgiaforestwatch🌲  Working to preserve, protect, and restore Georgia's National Forests. Photos by Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle and Sue Harmon.

Forestwatch interns instigate a mini privet pull at Invasives Workshop.

Yellow lady's slippers wait for bees. Though a target of poaching, like many other orchids, this species transplants very poorly. Plants often take over a decade to reach maturity.

Know this tree? The rare yellowwood tree thrives in the boulderfields common in the Rich Mountains. The compound leaves are unique in this area, because the leaflets are subopposite to alternate.

Jess was out checking an old cherry tree friend this week. The state champion black cherry is still alive. The tree actually looked much the same a decade ago.

The Panther Creek Trail is finally going to get a few much needed reroutes! Our Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle volunteered to complete the required Botanical Field Inventory for the USFS. No big surprises: mostly just lots of lovely little gay wings and one cautious copperhead trying to cross the people path. Thanks to Georgia Sierra Club for their regular cleanup efforts on this trail.

The glades did not disappoint, from the Atamasco lilies to the Georgia State Amphibian, the green tree frog. These wetlands are yet another Mountain Treasures area that we seek to protect. Thanks to Dr. JP Schmidt, Bruce O'Connor, and Steve Bowling for teaching us as we rambled.

Thanks to Bill Witherspoon and Ben Cash for leading us around Davidson Creek last week. Sign up for e-alerts via our website so you'll know about the next hike right away. All are free, but RSVP is required. They are filling up quickly these days! Thanks to Jess Riddle and Tom Colkett for the pictures.

John's Mountain : A Georgia Mountain Treasure. Slide 1 - A 40 inch diameter red hickory, nearly a state record, along the Pinhoti Trail. Slide 2 - An American Chestnut whose relative scarcity may help them evade the blight for longer and reach larger sizes. Slide 3 - map. Thanks to Board Member Robin Hitner for modeling the trees😏

A "book" of mica from an old mica prospect in the Black Mountain Treasures area (map on 3rd slide). Mica was mined for insulators and high temperature windows and now has a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications. And then there's a gnarly old tulip tree who's shape speaks to the life it has led. Please join our efforts to protect these special places. Website link in profile.

Trekking up a mountain with poetry breaks, a few shenanigans, one brief nap, and a lot of laughs. Check out our website for upcoming outings and come with us next time.

Kicked off the Appalachian Mountain Treasures Juried Photo Show. It's running until April 13. Check it out! Thanks to the many members, staff, and photographers who made this exhibit happen 👏👏👏 and special thanks to the great folks at Bowen Center.

Know this invasive? We trained an initial team to ID this tree and document GPS coordinates in hopes of keeping it's prolific spread out of the Cohutta's. Email if you want to help out.

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