My Trip to Chattahoochee-Oconee

Last week I was able to travel to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in north Georgia to assess the implementation of Recreation.gov across the forest. The forest consists of about 870,000 acres with plenty of beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes throughout it. The Chattahoochee-Oconee also provides access to approximately 850 miles of trails as well as campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation opportunities.

One of my favorite stops on the trip was at DeSoto Falls Recreation Area. When I first arrived, I was amazed by the number of native wildflowers in bloom. There were echinacea, black-eyed Susan, and foam flowers growing tall at the entrance. These attracted many swallowtail butterflies. There were also bat boxes to help protect the 12 native bat species found within the forest.

On top of the beautiful landscape, it was great to connect with those working at the districts to manage the forest. Working remotely can be a bit isolating, but this trip was refreshing and allowed me to connect with great people and nature.

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