Georgia ForestWatch is named a Clean Water Hero

  • Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Marie Dunkle, board president for Georgia ForestWatch, sits at a local waterfall. Georgia ForestWatch is a watchdog organization that works to make sure that any projects the Forest Service does are healthy for the National Forest and Watersheds.
    Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Marie Dunkle, board president for Georgia ForestWatch, sits at a local waterfall. Georgia ForestWatch is a watchdog organization that works to make sure that any projects the Forest Service does are healthy for the National Forest and Watersheds.
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Georgia ForestWatch, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of Georgia’s national forests, was announced in September as a winner of the Clean Water Heroes in 2019 Clean 13 Report from the Georgia Water Coalition.

It is a watchdog organization to keep track of what is going on in National Forest lands, said Jess Riddle, executive director of Georgia ForestWatch.

Georgia ForestWatch is a 501(c)(3) incorporated nonprofit based in Dahlonega that has a presence in many counties, including Rabun.

The organization has been active for 33 years and Rabun County was one of the first places that it was active in, said Marie Dunkle, board president for Georgia ForestWatch.

She said that the award is put out annually to recognize individuals or organizations that are doing an exceptional job protecting water resources in Georgia.

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