Talking Rock Nature Preserve

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Location: Pickens and Gilmer counties, Georgia

This property was donated to us in 2012. Acreage: 220 acres of forest land.

STPAL will hold the Property and open it for nature-based use by the general public along designated trails and road system. The Property will be open for general public use during daylight hours for hiking and nature appreciation. During the fall of 2014 we did a selective timber harvest upon the advice of the Georgia DNR. This property has been used for timber production for over 50 years. This creates an unnaturally dense forest without diversity. We selectively harvested trees to improve the health of the forest and create more diverse habitat areas. We have also designated several individuals that will be allowed to hunt the property in exchange for assisting us with trail development and also to monitor the property for poachers which has been an ongoing problem. These individuals are conservation minded and committed to best practices for wildlife management. This property is not open for hunting by any other individuals or groups. We will soon complete the trail system and open the property for public use. The property is a significant portion of a scenic view that is observed from a DOT scenic view parking area along Ga Hwy 515.

NOTE: In December we commissioned the creation of a plan for 5-6 miles of multi-use trails for mountain biking and hiking. The plan will cost $6,000 – $8,000 and the trail construction will average $20,000 per mile. Once the plan is complete we will seek funding through grants and donations.As of March 24, 2017 we have 12 miles of multi-use trails flagged and will start phase 1 trail construction. 

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