Forestry Commission warning: Be alert for wildfires

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. – – Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) warns that everyone needs to be alert for wildfires, especially during hot, dry, summer weather.

A recent press release states that hot weather and little to no rain means that the forest is dry, creating higher fire danger and the increasing risk of unwanted wildfire. Please stay alert and be safe in the woods, especially with campfires. A burn ban that prohibits debris burning is in effect for most Georgia counties. Most wildfires are caused by humans, from escaped campfires or escaped burning of leaves and wood debris.

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Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them. Learn more about campfire safety from Smokey Bear.

To report wildfires call your local Georgia Forestry Commission office or 911.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

 

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DeSoto Falls Observation Deck reconstructed

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The U.S. Forest Service, Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, along with partners and volunteers, completed reconstruction of the DeSoto Falls Waterfall Observation Deck near Blood Mountain in Lumpkin County on March 18.

Following Hurricane Irma damage to the observation deck, the Forest Service requested emergency funds from the Washington Office, and received funding in fiscal year 2018. The severely broken deck was removed in Spring of 2018, and the trail remained open without the observation deck. The reconstruction project started March 4, by the Forest Service in partnership with U.S. Army Rangers from Georgia’s Camp Merrill, Mountain High Hikers, Benton MacKaye Trail Association, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, and other partners.

Expert mountaineers from Camp Merrill used the opportunity as a training event to set up a rope suspension system to transport 8,000 pounds of lumber from the trailhead, across the creek, onto a transport, down a half mile of trail and across the creek again then up to the base of the waterfall.

Nearly 20 volunteers worked together to move all the materials to the project site, and achieved a lot in a short amount of time. Battling cold weather and abundant rain, construction began later that week. The substructure was complete in three days, the deck was laid the next week, and handrails and structural bracing was finished March 18.

DeSoto Falls is a very popular area for weekend Blue Ridge Ranger District forest visitors, and while there is still work to do on the trail, the recreation area provides a high quality opportunity to visit these waterfalls.

Visitors can also go to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests website at www.fs.usda.gov/conf or contact a Forest Service office for directions, information about recreation areas, safety tips, news and special events. Contact a local Forest Service office by calling:

Blue Ridge District Office, Blairsville, Ga. – 706-745-6928

Chattooga River District Office, Lakemont, Ga. – 706-754-6221

Conasauga District Office, Chatsworth, Ga. – 706-695-6736

Oconee District Office, Eatonton, Ga. – 706-485-7110

 

 

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