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Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Inc


Chestatee/chattahoochee RC&D Council

170 Scoggins Dr Demorest, GA 30535

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170 Scoggins Dr
GA 30535
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Evacuation outreach
  • Evacuation planning
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firefighter/ Fire department
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Internal safety zones
  • Local workforce capacity building
  • Monitoring/Assessment
  • Wildfire recovery
  • Wildfire risk assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances

Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been in business in the 13 counties of Northeast Georgia for over 25 years. RC&D’s were once embedded in the USDA NRCS, but the program was de-funded in 2011 and the councils are now stand-alone non profits. The Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program was created in the Agricultural Act of 1962 to assist local people in planning and carrying out activities that conserve natural resources, support economic development, enhance the environment, and improve the standard of living for all citizens. RC&D Councils are not governmental entities, so the typical policies and constraints of local, state, and federal government programs do not limit the types of issues they address or the means they use for economic development in their work areas. RC&D Council volunteers are leaders and community stakeholders involved in multiple roles in local government, school boards, churches, and other civic activities. These leaders identify unmet needs in their communities and create solutions that work. At RC&D Council meetings, they draw from their professional expertise and community connections to determine the needs of their RC&D Council areas, address those needs, and make their communities better places to live, work, and play. They know how to blend government programs with local needs to produce results. In essence, they know how to speak the government’s language, and yours. Nationwide, over 25,000 volunteers serve on local RC&D Councils. The 375 RC&D Councils are located in all 50 states, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin and serve a combined 85% of all US counties and 77% of the total US population.

Georgia Firewise Liaison

ChestChatt is the state Firewise Liaison for Georgia and administers the Firewise, Fire Adapted Communities, and Ready Set Go programs under contract with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

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NRCS Small Landowner Outreach Grant

This grant funds forestry and other field days that promote prescribed burning, fuels mitigation, forestry management practices, forest best management practices, and other agricultural and forestry subjects. The newest program under this grant is Fire on The Farm field days. the first one is scheduled for September 26, 2017 in partnership with the Walton County Soil & Water Conservation District.

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Appalachian RC&D Coalition

Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D council organized 6 RC&D Councils from north Georgia (1 RC&D) through North Carolina (3 RC&D's) and into southwest Virginia (1 RC&D) to form the Appalachian RC&D FAC Coalition whose mission is to promote FAC, Firewise, and Ready Set Go to communities along the Appalachian mountains from Georgia to Virginia. This is a project under the FAC mission to spread FAC and was requested by Tony Tooke, USFS Region 8 Forester. USFS provided funding and supports the coalition members efforts to promote wildfire safety and collaboration between state, federal, local, and private communities at risk from wildfire in the region.

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