Georgia ForestWatch, a Dahlonega GA based organization whose mission it is to protect and enhance the health of Georgia’s 867,000 acres of National Forest, has announced the Clean Streams Campaign. Through the Clean Streams Campaign, Georgia ForestWatch members and partner organizations will work to protect aquatic species that live in the mountain headwater streams of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest from chronic habitat damage.  Mountain streams that originate in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest feed the rivers that supply Georgia’s drinking water while also providing recreational and economic value to the surrounding communities.

Georgia ForestWatch has identified three key initiatives that will improve and protect the health of these vital headwater streams.   

1.       The first action is identification and rehabilitation of roads leak sediment into streams within the Blue Ridge and Chattooga River Ranger Districts. Offending roads impact native species such as native Brook Trout and species that Brook Trout thrive including aquatic insects, crayfish, and Hellbenders.  

2.       The second action is working in partnership with the Forest Service to identify and close ATV illegal trails within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest from which sediment flows into Georgia mountain streams.

3.       The third action is identification of roads adjacent to rare aquatic species’ habitats within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.

 Jess Riddle, Executive Director of Georgia ForestWatch stated, “The streams of the southern Appalachians are a major recreation resource that host some of the greatest diversity of aquatic species found anywhere in the United States. Key to these amazing natural resources, as well as the water we drink, is protecting these mountain streams from sediment leaking from unkept Forest Service roads and illegal trails.  The many aquatic species that populate these mountain stream in our national forests also are threatened and harmed by herbicides used during timber projects. Solving these issues will make a positive impact on not only on our National Forests but the economics of the surrounding areas.

About Georgia ForestWatch

Georgia ForestWatch, a 501 C charity, sees a future where people can enjoy forests that have reached their full majesty, where intact natural processes support healthy ecosystems and thriving biodiversity, and clean streams supply water to millions of Georgians. We believe this future requires the protection and appreciation of Georgia’s national forests, and the watersheds, native plants, and wildlife they encompass.

Our mission is to enhance the health of Georgia’s 867,000 acres of National Forest by protecting our forests and streams, advocating for natural processes and identifying opportunities to improve Forest management. For more information about Georgia ForestWatch and to donate, please visit

Georgia ForestWatch, 81 Crown Mountain Place, Bldg. C, Suite 200, Dahlonega, GA  30533.


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