Thinking Like a Landscape:

Our landscapes are more than trees and streams. They provide a sense of place for people – reflecting our histories and defining our futures. This fall, through a series of community conversations along with this online forum we are reaching out to partners, stakeholders and community members to realize a shared vision to address complex conservation challenges across the Foothills Landscape.

Project Purpose:

The Foothills Landscape Project will maintain or improve watershed and ecological conditions by enhancing biologic integrity, increasing the ecosystem’s resilience to disturbance, restoring connectivity, and supporting high water quality and soil productivity. All these factors work together to enhance the landscape’s ability to provide ecosystem services essential to the surrounding communities and Forest visitors.

We Need YOU:

We need your help ensuring that we are doing the right work in the right places for the right reasons. We need you to share your thoughts on the Foothills Restoration Plan. Comment on what you care about and tell your community why, and use the map to show us all where. Describe what you want and need from this landscape...and also what you can and do give. Learn from the knowledge that others share here. And consider the many diverse perspectives revealed to all of us through this collaboration.

Learn More:

The 143,419 acres that make up the Foothills Landscape stretch across the Chattahoochee National Forest and mark the area where the mountains are visibly reduced to foothills. It includes portions of Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun and White Counties. There's much, much more to learn at http://tinyurl.com/FoothillsLandscapeCollaborate.

Join the Conversation:

Add your thoughts, ideas and knowledge to the map or see what your neighbors have said by clicking the comments log to the right or the map below. For easier viewing and navigation on the map, click on "Fullscreen."

Responses made by October 10, 2017, will provide a valuable snapshot for us to clarify the Foothills Landscape proposed action. We will continue to work together over the coming year.

The map below includes basic information about the Foothills Landscape on the Chattahoochee National Forest, including recreation areas, roads, trails and management prescriptions. You can learn more about each by clicking directly on the icon or path, and you can also turn these map details on and off as needed by checking the boxes in the map legend. The area within the purple boundary is the Foothills Landscape. The darkest green areas within that are National Forest lands. If you’d like more in-depth information and detailed maps to inform your comments, please visit http://tinyurl.com/FoothillsLandscapeCollaborate. At that website you can also find out how to attend a collaborative workshop near you and subscribe to email updates.

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