The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says a team of researchers visited remote mountain bogs in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County last month to gain historical clues about the climate.
Federal Forest Service officials are studying the road system in the Chattahoochee National Forest and want to know which roads are most important to visitors. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service is accepting comments from anyone who's interested through April 13.
More than a dozen Georgia roadless areas are expected to get new protections. A federal judge has upheld a Clinton-era ban on new roads on federal land. The ruling affects more than a dozen areas in North Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest. The decision clears the way for the Obama administration to start enforcing the so-called "roadless rule."
Federal officials want to manage national forests with climate change in mind. That's one of the many goals of a proposed massive overhaul of the way the National Forest Service manages public land. It's the first major change in forest management practices in almost 30 years.