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Review for Georgia Forestwatch Inc, Dahlonega, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars Forestwatching is Spirit Work

I give of my money and of my time to Georgia Forestwatch because they keep an eye on these incredible Georgia forests that have sustained my spirit through difficult times and wonderful times, too. Several years ago, when I was caregiving my dying parents and experienced the death of 4 immediate family members in one calendar year (whew!), GAFW provided frequent outreach hikes, that gave me opportunities to get into our beautiful forests with knowledgeable, trustworthy hike leaders, who provided guidance and support as I sought much needed nature breaks in the woods. Those first hikes as a follower have evolved into a network of forest friends and wonderful times shared in the woods. Now, for the first time, I am going to take a turn leading these hikes. The work of GAFW is a challenge for this small non-profit and requires extensive expertise about forest management and ecology as well as frequent boots on the ground, investigating management practices and what their effects might be. Forestwatchers are the ones actually reading and responding to the reams of forest management documents produced by the US Forest Service — no small feat. Much of the Forestwatch work is done by volunteers, since there is very little money for a paid staff. If you love these forests as much as I do, maybe you’ll consider a gift to help keep this important work going.

Role:  General Member of the Public