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The Wilderness Society

www.wilderness.org

Our Mission
Deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts.


Action for a Clean Environment, Alto, Georgia

American Hiking Society

American Whitewater

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Appalachian Voices

Chattooga Conservancy

Clay/Cherokee Chapter of Stop I-3 Coalition

Clayton Woman's Club

Environmental Community Action, Inc.

Foundation for Global Sustainability

Friends of Georgia, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited

Georgia ForestWatch

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance

Lumpkin Coalition

Mountain High Hikers Club

Natural Resources Defense Council

North Carolina Alliance For Transportation Reform (NCATR)

Rabun County, Ga. Chapter of STOP I-3 Coalition

Sautee Nacoochee Community Association

Soque River Watershed Association

South Carolina ForestWatch

Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project

Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition

Southern Environmental Law Center

The Carolina Mountain Club

The Cookeville High Chapter of SPEAK

The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club

The Harvey Broome Group Chapter, Sierra Club, Knoxville, Tennessee

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)

The Wilderness Society

Towns County Homeowners Association

Trout Unlimited, Rabun Chapter

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Western North Carolina Alliance




Action for a Clean Environment, Alto, Georgia
Action for a Clean Environment started in 1990 to resist a proposed incinerator in Alto — and won! Since garbage was the problem we put on the first state-wide rural recycling conference — and many attended. It's been busy since then, with battles over highways, airports, asphalt plants, clean food, pesticides, landfills (garbage again) and more -- and we haven't always won. But together this coalition can win on stopping I-3! Stopping this highway is part of our mission in Northeast Georgia: "Working to protect the purity of our water, soil and air." — Adele Kushner, Executive Director

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American Hiking Society

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American Whitewater
The mission of American Whitewater is to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.
     American Whitewater works to protect and restore rivers, maintains and provides real-time flow information for a national inventory of whitewater rivers, monitors potential threats to whitewater river resources, publishes information on river conservation, works with government agencies to protect the ability of the public to have a voice in the management of federal and state rivers and environs, and provides technical advice to local groups regarding river management and river conservation.
      American Whitewater promotes paddling safety, publishes reports on whitewater accidents, and maintains both a uniform International ranking system for whitewater rivers (the International Scale of Whitewater Difficulty) and the internationally recognized American Whitewater Safety Code.
      American Whitewater reaches, serves and engages members, volunteers, sponsors and organizational partners in a variety of ways. The bi-monthly journal has been its primary, iconic communication tool and member benefit since the organization's inception. The journal has recently been augmented as an organizational siren by the website: www.americanwhitewater.org

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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Appalachian Voices

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Chattooga Conservancy

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Clay/Cherokee Chapter of Stop I-3 Coalition
John Clarke

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Clayton Woman's Club

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Environmental Community Action, Inc.
(ECO-Action), Atlanta, GA.

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Foundation for Global Sustainability

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Friends of Georgia, Stone Mountain, Georgia

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Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

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Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited
"Trout Unlimited is America's leading trout conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.   Trout need clean, cold water to survive and reproduce.  The greatest threats to trout streams are sedimentation and elevated water temperature, which result from land use practices that disturb natural conditions.  We have witnessed first hand the loss of trout habitat that occurs around interstate construction corridors.  The best mitigation efforts are unable to adequately stem the silt, petroleum runoffs, and thermal pollution that are integral to the construction and use of interstates.  There is no corridor through the Chattahoochee National Forest capable of avoiding the destruction of some of Georgia's precious trout habitat."

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Georgia ForestWatch
The members of Georgia ForestWatch share as their vision the enduring restoration, protection, and appreciation of the unique mountain and piedmont landscapes of north and central Georgia, and the biological communities and diversity located therein. Our mission is to protect and restore the native ecosystems of Georgia's Mountain and Piedmont public lands, and to inform the citizens of Georgia about the values of these landscapes. "PRESERVE-PROTECT-RESTORE"

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Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national, public interest, public lands, grassroots organization dedicated to increasing, preserving and protecting America's roadless public lands. Broads uses the wisdom and experience of elders to bring an under-represented constituency to the public lands dialogue. Today our wrinkled ranks have grown to include men and younger women (Broads-in-training), though the majority of our membership continues to be older women committed to protecting wilderness areas.
     A unique aspect of our organization is that many members are long-time activists with a wealth of knowledge. Our status as elders has helped garner respect for our work among volunteers, land managers, decision makers, and the media. Our forte is raising public awareness for the importance of wilderness, and using press coverage to alert the public to inappropriate development and management decisions affecting wilderness.
     Great Old Broads bring a unique perspective, and some well-earned wrinkles, to the wilderness effort. As life-long nurturers and care-givers, the Great Old Broads' approach is one of perseverance and determination, rather than militancy and contentiousness. If Great Old Broads are anything, we are indefatigable in our quest, with a heart-felt and lifetime outlook on the benefits of protecting our wild, public lands. In addition, Great Old Broads bring much wisdom, grace, and humor to the wilderness discussions.

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Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance
The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance is an alliance of organizations, professionals and individuals whose mission is to protect and preserve the natural environment and cultural character of the headwater regions of western North Carolina.
Executive, Director David M. Bates; Board Chair, Cynthia Strain; Administrator, Debbie Lassiter
348 S. Fifth Street, Highlands, North Carolina 28741
phone: (828) 526-9172, e-mail: jmca@dnet.net

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Lumpkin Coalition
The Lumpkin Coalition is a 100% volunteer nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization formed to address issues concerning North Georgia, Lumpkin County, and its residents. We are dedicated to preserving quality of life for all those who share it. To this end we support the preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth. Currently our three main issues of concern are saving the Hemlock trees from devastation by the hemlock woolly adelgid, supporting the stop I-3 effort, and cleaning and monitoring the health of our mountain rivers and streams.

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Mountain High Hikers Club

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Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an environmental action group supported by 650,000 members and online activists. Our mission is to safeguard the earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. By fighting in court, working through Congress, and mobilizing millions of people worldwide, NRDC has stopped powerful corporate interests from destroying our clean air and water, public lands and wildlife habitats. The NRDC BioGems campaign—which includes our Cumberland Plateau BioGem that encompasses ecologically important regions in seven southeastern states—empowers citizens to take effective online action in defense of our planet's most endangered wild places.

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North Carolina Alliance For Transportation Reform (NCATR)
    "We are a grassroots citizens' organization that has been involved with transportation issues across North Carolina since1992, including assistance to numerous local groups engaged in road fights with NCDOT. We have taken NCDOT to court on a number of occasions, including on the Winston-Salem Beltway EIS and on the plans to widen I-26 in Henderson County. (We won in both of those cases.) We are about to get involved with opposition to the the Heart of the Triad project which is using $200,000 of DOT money to devise a plan to promote the development of 53,000 acres of undeveloped land between Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Our mission is to give the citizens of NC a strong and effective voice in the planning of our transportation systems and projects."

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Rabun County, Ga. Chapter of STOP I-3 Coalition
Lucy Bartlett

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Sautee Nacoochee Community Association
The mission of the Sautee Nacoochee Center is: “to nurture creativity and to preserve and protect the beloved resources of the Sautee and Nacoochee valleys and surrounding areas.” The Center's Community Planning Committee is monitoring development in the valleys and working with White County officials for a mountain protection ordinance.

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Soque River Watershed Association

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South Carolina ForestWatch

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Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project — "Protecting the Natural Heritage of the Southeast:"
SABP is a non-profit regional organization dedicated to empowering citizens to appreciate, defend, and restore the native biodiversity of the Southeast. SABP seeks permanent protection for the region's public lands and sustainable management of private lands. The group pursues its goals through public education, legal advocacy, and grassroots organizing.

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Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition
Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition is a coalition of 22 of the region’s environmental and conservation organizations working to protect public lands in the six Southern Appalachian states of: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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Southern Environmental Law Center
For the past 20 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the full power of the law to conserve clean water, healthy air, wild lands, and livable communities throughout the Southeast. As the biggest, most powerful environmental organization headquartered in the South, SELC is able to work simultaneously in all three branches of government, and in all of our six focus states, to comprehensively address the most urgent problems facing our region. Read more...

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The Carolina Mountain Club
The Carolina Mountain Club, now over 80 years old and the second oldest Hiking and Trail Maintaining Club in Western NC, fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of Western North Carolina and adjoining regions. We lead 175 hikes per year, maintain 400 miles of trail,have an active program to build new trails, promote the conservation of the trails and natural scenery in our area, educate our members on hiking, trail building and maintenance skills and work with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the State of North Carolina to achieve these goals. Website is www.carolinamtnclub.org and address is PO # 68, Asheville, NC 28802

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The Cookeville High Chapter of SPEAK
The Cookeville High School Chapter of SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action and Knowledge) was founded in 2004. Fifty-members strong, CHS SPEAK is dedicated to raising awareness in our community about the environment and taking concrete steps to better it. Among other things, We volunteer at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and regularly contribute guest columns about the environment to CHS's newspaper. Please see our president's site at http://tntrailhead.blogspot.com to see what's happening. Email: chsspeak@gmail.com

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The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club
POSITION ON PROPOSED INTERSTATE 3 — "The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club is opposed to the building of an Interstate highway from Knoxville, Tennessee to Savannah, Georgia. This proposed highway has been identified as Interstate 3 in federal legislation sponsored by Georgia Rep. Charles Norwood and Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. The Sierra Club cannot believe that this project significantly helps national defense, nor eases Atlanta's traffic problems. Such a highway would only facilitate the continued urban sprawl of Atlanta into the mountains of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina. It would destroy the rural quality of life in the region. It would also forever alter the natural beauty of the southern Appalachian Mountains that the area communities depend on for their tourism trade, vital to their economies. In addition, the project would severely impact the sensitive natural environment of the area. Water quality, air quality, and wildlife would all suffer as a result of this project. The club also has concerns about this roads likely use for the transporting of hazardous materials."

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The Harvey Broome Group Chapter, Sierra Club, Knoxville, Tennessee
One of the favored routes for this abomination would take the proposed road across the Appalachians just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along the existing Rt 129 corridor — also known as the Dragon's Tail. To construct an interstate highway through the mountains would cause an incalculable amount of ecological damage and destruction. The Harvey Broome Group Chapter, and the TN Chapter as a whole, are strongly opposed to the I-3 proposal.

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The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
Established in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is the only national organization solely dedicated to protecting and enhancing our national park system. We recognize that rapid and unchecked development immediately outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park stands as one of the major threats to the integrity of this magnificent resource. The latest such threat is Interstate 3 (I-3), a highway that would connect Savannah, Georgia to Knoxville, Tennessee, currently proposed to skirt the western edge of the park. NPCA stands with the Stop I-3 Coalition in opposition to I-3.
          NPCA recently played a leading role in securing protection of the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) property that abuts the western edge of the Smokies. The 2004 agreement with ALCOA created a seamless swath of protected land including the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, Joyce Kilmer – Slick Rock Wilderness, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The importance and quality of this land as a refuge for wildlife and its contribution to the southern Appalachian ecosystem is significant, particularly since much of the land immediately adjacent to the park is under threat of development in both Tennessee and North Carolina. NPCA is committed to protecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the destructive impacts of I-3 and other inappropriate road construction and development. More information is available on their website: http://www.npca.org. Or contact:
Greg Kidd, Associate Director
Southeast Regional Office, National Parks Conservation Association, 706 Walnut Street, Suite 200, Knoxville, TN 37902
tel 865-329-2424, cell 865-803-4503, fax 865-329-2422
gkidd@npca.org

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The Wilderness Society
Our Mission: Deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts.

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Towns County Homeowners Association
Janet McCallen
William Blumreich

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Trout Unlimited, Rabun Chapter

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Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

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Western North Carolina Alliance

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