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[Image] A frog looks across a pond. “The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.” Indian proverb

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we know, and we will know only what we are taught."

   Baba Diom, Senegal

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Please take advantage of our on-line educational resources. Education, knowledge, and appreciation of the biological world in which we live is essential if we are to maintain and improve our quality of life. Without healthy, undeveloped ecosystems, life on Earth will certainly become diminished.


NextGen Forest Ambassadors

Three teens in the forest, text reads NextGen Forest AmbassadorsWe're looking for leaders ages 14-16 to become the next generation of forest ambassadors! Participants are introduced to outdoor stewardship and receive hands-on training, participate in a youth summit, commit to 20 hours of sharing their unique perspectives and earn a stipend. All skills levels are welcome and there's no cost to participate. Learn more about the program and find application information.


Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

Some children and adults are unaware that in order to reduce tree hazards, protect other trees, or to get wood, it is necessary to cut trees. This book is intended to raise awareness of the issue. It also features tips for planting a tree.

Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? is a 41-page book published by the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. It features 28 full-color, hand-painted illustrations. The book is intended primarily for 1st to 3rd graders, as well as parents and educators.

The book is available online along with information about the author and illustrator, activities and lessons, and additional information about taking care of trees. Visit the Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? website for this and to order printed copies of this engaging and beautifully illustrated educational book.

Get Outdoors

Image of a brook trout in the foreground with a blue silhouette of kids & adults fishing & hiking.Want to get outside for some fun learning experiences? Try the Trout Adventure Trail. More than just a trail, this is a conservation education program that provides the outdoor setting and the teaching materials for teachers, parents, home schoolers, scouting groups or anyone who wants to take their kids on a field trip where they can learn about healthy forests and streams, fish and wildlife. The Trout Adventure Trail® is a "do it yourself" and "plan your own" hiking and learning experience for kids of all ages along legendary trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Complete information is available on the Trout Adventure Trail website.


Resolving Natural Resource Challenges

Learn about the issues facing forest managers as they strive to balance the public's use of the upper Chattahoochee River watershed and the impacts on forest resources such as soil, water, vegetation, and wildlife.

Chattooga River District Receives the Gold LEED Certification

On May 22, 2009, the Chattooga River Ranger District employees had cause to celebrate. Not only was this the official opening date to the public of their brand new Ranger District office, but it was also a celebration of a new style of building designed to reduce their environmental footprint.