Conservation in Chicopee Woods
Preserving an Ecosystem, Protecting a Georgia Natural Treasure
Ongoing conservation projects ensure the Area Park, and within it the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, is a healthy forest and wetland teeming with native ecosystems. Elachee’s constant vigil takes specialized expertise to assess and minimize risk from outside influences that can make thriving ecosystems vulnerable. From collecting data on wildlife and plant communities, ensuring safety and accessibility among the eight miles of public hiking trails, to monitoring water quality and habitat health, Elachee’s role in managing one Georgia’s largest and most ecologically diverse green spaces is an invaluable resource for the region.
Inspiring the Next Generation
The Elachee organization promotes environmental literacy and stewardship by frequently introducing new program topics that keep each visit to Elachee fresh and exciting. Elachee’s expert educators faithfully integrate aspects of our conservation projects into relevant curriculum for students. When put into context, young minds more easily grasp the work of natural world and its importance. LEARN MORE ABOUT ELACHEE’S SUPPLEMENTAL PREK-12 SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Elachee Community Partnerships in Action
Elachee has forged community partnerships to champion projects that enhance the visitor experience to Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. These include:
- The National Audubon Society has designated the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as an Important Bird Area, recognizing it as an essential area for migrating and nesting birds.
- Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is part of the National Old Growth Forest Network, identified among the less than one percent of the Eastern United States’ forests intact long enough to have developed Old Growth Forest characteristics.
- The 140-foot Walnut Creek Suspension Walking Bridge crosses Walnut Creek along the Bridge and Lake Loop sections of the Chicopee Woods Hiking Trail system, making this part of the Nature Preserve even more accessible. This pedestrian walkway was made possible through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreation Trails Program.