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Nature Conservancy will build trails, improve local habitats

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Nature Conservancy will build trails, improve local habitats



The South River Neighborhood Network initiative will be starting in and around the Decatur area on Apr. 22.

It’s a program launched by the Nature Conservancy in Georgia, furthering its efforts to conserve globally by acting locally.

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A recent press release said that “this initiative will fund and support five ‘urban forest’ projects led by community revitalization organizations in southeast/southwest DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta.”

The five projects are:

– Chapel Hill Park in Decatur: trail creation to better connect residents, many of whom are seniors, to the park.

– Sugar Creek Farm in Decatur: native plant pollinator garden.

– The 200-acre scenic wetlands Constitution Lakes Park in Southeast Atlanta: invasive species removal/native plant project to improve existing habitat/nesting areas for birds and wildlife.

– Thomasville Heights in southwest Atlanta/Fulton County: trail creation and neighborhood beautification.

– Redan Nature Preserve in Stone Mountain: trail creation and tree planting to support more than 100 bird species.

In addition to these projects, the Conservancy is planning to host events over the course of the year to “heighten community engagement around environmental issues in south Atlanta, help improve air and water quality and connect communities to local green spaces that drain to the South River.”

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