Join us for the annual Georgia ForestWatch Fall Retreat and Membership Meeting at Vogel State Park on Saturday, October 6th, 2018! Meet our new Executive Director, Dr. Don Davis, and  say farewell to Mary Topa.  Come just for the day, or stay over Friday and Saturday nights.

Vogel State Park is one of Georgia's oldest parks with stunning mountain views of Blood and Slaughter Mountains. It will be a wonderful weekend of hikes, community building, informative presentations and discussions, and socializing with old friends and new.

Our program begins at 10:00 am Saturday with the following talks and discussions:
  • "Saving the Forest Commons: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future" by Executive Director Don Davis
  • "Georgia's Mountain Treasures Values" by Forest Ecologist Jess Riddle, followed by a "Next Steps" Q&A discussion with national forest experts, attorneys Patrick Hunter and Sam Evans from the Southern Environmental Law Center, and Conservation Specialist Jill Gottesman from the Wilderness Society
  • Updates on national legislation that will impact our Southern Appalachian forests
After our morning program, there will be a one-pot cook-off lunch, and hiking opportunities in the afternoon (Botany Stroll with Linda Chafin, Salamander Hike with Lindley McKay, Invasive Species Pull with Jess Riddle). Our annual membership meeting takes place at 5:00 pm, followed by raffle drawings and a traditional BBQ dinner.
This is a retreat you will not want to miss! 
Come just for the day,  or stay over Friday and Saturday nights.

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones who share your interests and dedication to protecting Georgia's mountain forests! We have a great collection of raffle items including Patagonia clothing, handcrafted pottery by local artisans, a biplane ride, and much more. Thank you to all of our generous donors!

Cost: $25/person, $40/couple, $15/students. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Includes all programming, light breakfasts, drinks, one-pot lunch, and BBQ dinner, with vegetarian options provided. Bring your favorite dish to the Friday evening potluck.

To Reserve Your Spot

Space is limited, so be sure to register for this fun event online here, call our office at 706-867-0051, or email us at Some campsites are still available.

We can't wait to see you there!


The annual membership meeting will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 6th, 2018, at Vogel State Park in conjunction with our annual Fall Retreat.  In accordance with our bylaws, members have the opportunity to elect or affirm two At-Large Directors during this meeting.  If you would like more information about the process, please contact our office at or at 706-867-0051.