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       CONSERVATION  

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Conservation is the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting; and includes the wise use of our natural environment.

The Mountain High Hikers Inc. club supports all conservation efforts and had adopted the following policy: You can see it  HERE

The MHH club participates in several conservation efforts to help preserve the trails and the natural ecosystem:

1.  Public Participation in Proposed Actions-The MHH club members routinely reviews proposed Forest Service (FS) projects and Special Use Permits (SUPs).  This review process helps to determine possible impacts on hiking trails and the use of the National Forest.  You are always invited to become involved!  <Click Here> (I have provided a spreadsheet which will be updated every quarter-along with the spreadsheet are particular pdf files regarding comments) to view the status of several FS projects and MHH response to those anticipated actions.

 NEW UPDATE ON THE 50 Acre Fires Creek Inholding

MHH Coments on the FS Special Use Authorizations

MHH Coments on Coopers Creek

              Corridar K - One other project which has been ongoing for several years. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/corridork/

Historical Information: The portion of Corridor K lying within the study area is part of the Ocoee Scenic Byway, which was designated as the nation’s first National Forest Scenic Byway. It is also a Tennessee Scenic Parkway. In the study area, US 64/Corridor K has numerous transportation problems, including roadway deficiencies (e.g., lack of shoulders and guardrails, susceptibility to rockslides) and safety issues (e.g., inadequate sight distance, sharp curves). The proposed project is needed to address these issues and facilitate a safer, reliable, and efficient east-west transportation route.

Project Update:  The project is currently in the environmental study phase.  A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being prepared in accordance with federal requirements.  The DEIS will provide comprehensive information about the purpose and need for the project, proposed plans, and potential environmental, social, and economic effects.

The DEIS is scheduled to be available for review in Winter 2015 (view Schedule).

2.      Natural & Cultural Resource Management- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) provides several different programs which provide environmental monitoring and research.  http://www.appalachiantrail.org/what-we-do/conservation/natural-cultural-resource-management.   You will learn more about monitoring:

a.     Climate Change;

b.  Rare Species-Plant;

c.   Invasive Species;

d.  Seasonal Life Cycles.  Some members of the MHH club are involved with monitoring.

 If you are interested in information regarding volunteers, please contact the MHH Conservation Director, Judie Kean (kean_j@msn.com)

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Local Organizations

1.      Hiawassee River Water Coalition    http://www.hrwc.net/abouthrwc.htm

Officially incorporated in 1995, the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining good water quality in streams, lakes and rivers that flow into the Hiwassee River.  Several members of MHH club volunteer for water monitoring.  If you are interested in volunteering, please see the above referenced web site.

2.      Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center   http://www.caes.uga.edu/center/gmrec/commcouncil/preserve.html

 

Located approximately 3 miles south of Blairsville.  The research center is home to the “Preservation Committee”.  The group of volunteers who have developed ethnobotanical gardens which provide a snapshot into the cultures long ago. 

 

 

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POLITICAL LEADERS'

The below web sites provide information in regards to Georgia and North Carolina representatives who should be contacted as necessary regarding a particular conservation issue.

 

1.      GA US Senators and US Representatives 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/GA

2.      GA Senators and Representatives

http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/HouseMembersList.aspx

http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/SenateMembersList.aspx

3.      North Carolina US Senators and US Representatives

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NC

4.      North Carolina Senators and Representatives

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=senate

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=House