Georgia's trails at risk

Georgia's hiking trails contain some of our most beautiful scenery and give us a gateway to undisturbed wilderness. Trails like the Appalachian Trail, which starts in Georgia, showcase our state's cool mountain streams, dense forests and amazing vistas.

Unfortunately, parts of these trails, and much of the wild areas they display, are privately owned and lack long-term protections. And, as these private lands come up for sale, state and federal agencies do not have adequate resources to purchase and preserve them for future generations.

According to studies conducted by the University of Georgia, we lose more than 100 acres of green space per day to housing developments, strip malls, parking lots and more. Like much of the green space in Georgia, these trails might soon be threatened by development.

A unique opportunity to protect our trails

For the past 45 years, Congress and the White House have spent special funds that were designated to protect and preserve our country's most breathtaking scenery on unrelated projects. Now, despite the president's support for full funding, the House of Representatives has proposed funding the program at its lowest-ever level.

Today, it's too easy to picture treasured pieces of Georgia's natural heritage being sold off to the highest bidder. Now is the time to take the preservation of our remaining green spaces seriously.

That's why Environment Georgia and our allies are calling on Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund — and fight to put those dollars to work protecting Georgia's trails and the green spaces that surround them.

With your activism and our advocacy, we can protect our trails

We refuse to watch our natural heritage vanish — and we have a plan to convince state leaders to get serious about funding the Land and Water Conservation program and saving Georgia's beautiful open spaces. We're bringing together Georgians from all walks of life to protect our parks. All of us — bird-watchers, hikers, tourism businesses and Georgians across the state — have something to fight for.

Thousands of you have joined the fight too. Across the state, you're calling or emailing our senators, signing petitions, spreading the word to your friends and family, and speaking out at official hearings. Join our campaign by sending a message to your senators today.


Issue updates

News Release | Environment Georgia

Congressional Budget Helps Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Restores Parks Funding

Atlanta – This week, U.S. House and Senate appropriators set funding levels for agencies like the National Park Service and finalized a comprehensive budget agreement.

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Report | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Death by 1,000 Cuts

2013 represented the third consecutive year of funding cuts to the National Park Service operating budget, resulting in a 13 percent reduction in today’s dollars over those years. When combined with the March sequester, this represents nearly $350 million in funding cuts for our National Park Service from where it was just three years ago.

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News Release | Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center

Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and Beyond: Underfunded, Under Threat

Atlanta– As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Georgians Speak Out Against Fracking in the Chattahoochee National Forest

Gainesville, GA –Environment Georgia will deliver over 1,300 signatures opposed to fracking in the Chattahoochee National Forest today to Supervisor Betty Mathews, the new Forest Supervisor of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The group started gathering signatures after newspapers reported test wells were being drilled near Dalton, GA, close to the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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News Release | Environment Georgia

Concrete Camping Trip Highlights the Dangers of Greenspace Cuts

Atlanta, GA—As thousands of Georgians head off on holiday weekend camping trips, Environment Georgia set up camp in a parking lot today to highlight the dangers of cuts to conservation funding. Cuts mean that parks, like the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Metro Atlanta, do not have the funds needed to protect critical greenspace.

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