Forum on local forest issues set

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Forum on local forest issues set

The public is invited to attend a public forum on Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to learn more about two proposed projects announced in recent weeks that will impact Rabun County’s National Forest lands.

The Foothills Landscape Project is the biggest ever in North Georgia. It will cover over 156,000 acres and is expected to impact Rabun County substantially with logging, chemical applications, fire, roads and recreation areas.

Final public comments deadline is Friday, Jan. 10 for this project.

The Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act calls for the potential sale of 30 tracts of National Forest, including over 1,200 acres in Rabun County.

Speakers will include representatives of Georgia Forest Watch and the Chattooga Conservancy. U.S. Forest Service representatives and county commissioners have also been invited to attend.

The forum is sponsored by the Rabun County Coalition for Good Government and The Clayton Tribune.