Awards and Accomplishments

National and Regional Awards

volunteerTeam Conasauga and our volunteers have received considerable recognition over the past two decades both in the local media, outdoor organizations, and the Forest Service. Following is a listing of various national and state level awards and recognitions:

• Team Cohutta – 1993 Chief’s Volunteers Program National Award.

• Mike Davis – 1995 U.S. Forest Service Chief’s Volunteers Program National Award.

• Troy Brown –– Vibram’s 1997 Volunteer of the Year for the State of Georgia.

• Troy Brown –American Trails Association’s 2003 Top Trail Worker for the State of Georgia.

• Troy and Wanda Brown – 1994 1,000-hour certificates from Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas. As of 2009, the Browns have contributed a combined total of approximately 14,000 hours of volunteer service.

• U.S. Forest Service Chief’s 1996 Award for District 8.

• Buck and Pat Barnes – U.S. Forest Service Chief’s 2003 Volunteer Program National Award for Retiree Volunteer Service, Southern Region.

• Chattahoochee Sportsman Club – 1994 Certificate of Appreciation from Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas for wildlife management and habitat improvement.

• SORBA – DuPont Cordura 1996 Trails for Tomorrow award.

• Doug Douthitt - Recognized for work related to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

• James Stankowitz – American Hiking Society’s 2005 Southern Region Volunteer of the Year.

• Team Conasauga has performed over 127,000 hours of volunteer support since 1990. Following are some of the larger group efforts completed in recent years.

Fiscal Year 2011

• Jim Holland received his 1,000 Hours Volunteer Certificate from the Chief of the Forest Service, Thomas Tidwell - February 2011

Fiscal Year 2009

• Total Hours: 4,235 (January - July)

• Team Conasauga maintained erosion control dips on the Iron Mountain Trail and sawed blowdowns on the Hickory Creek Trail.

• Team Conasauga performed maintenance on 73 trail dips and removed blowdowns on East Cowpen Trail. Sawyers from Alabama removed the massive red oak blowdown from lower Beech Bottom Trail.

• Michigan college students maintained waterbars on the lower Conasauga River Trail to support an annual “Alternative Spring Break” college project sponsored by the Nature Conservancy.

• Team Conasauga maintained waterbars on upper Panther Creek Trail.

• Team Conasauga completed waterbar maintenance on Iron Mountain Trail.

• Team Conasauga maintained 83 waterbars on upper Tearbritches Trail.

• Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia readied Jacks River Fields Campground for Memorial Day weekend.

• Team Conasauga and Backcountry Horsemen of North Georgia maintained waterbars on Penitentiary Branch Trail.

• Berry College students completed clean-up of National Forest lands at John’s Creek and the Pocket.

• Team Conasauga maintained waterbars on East Cowpen Trail.

Fiscal Year 2008

• Total Hours: 5,806

• Backcountry Horsemen of North Georgia constructed horse corral at Jacks River Fields campground.

• SORBA Ellijay constructed grade dips on the Bear Creek Trail.

• Team Conasauga maintained waterbars and dips on Hickory Creek Trail.

• SORBA North GA maintained grade dips on the Pinhoti Trail at Horn Mountain.

• 22 motorcyclists and ATV-riders trimmed trails at Houston Valley ORV Area.

• Team Conasauga cleared, maintained and constructed waterbars and dips on Hickory Creek Trail.

• SORBA North GA cleared blowdowns from nearly 30 miles of Pinhoti Trail from Dry Creek to Dug Gap.

• Team Conasauga constructed and maintained trail dips, trimmed, removed blowdowns and picked up litter on the Pinhoti Trail at Strawberry Mountain.

• SORBA North GA cleared blowdowns from Snake Creek Gap to Stover Creek.

• Team Conasauga maintained waterbars on Beech Bottom Trail.

• Team Conasauga reconstructed waterbars on Hickory Ridge Trail.

• Team Conasauga celebrated National Trails Day trimming and slingblading 6 miles of lower Jacks River Trail.

• Backcountry Horsemen of North Georgia celebrated National Trails Day repairing waterbars and dips on South Fork Trail.

• Boy Scout Troop 486 cleaned fire rings at Lake Conasauga Campground.

• Team Conasauga, Backcountry Horsemen of North Georgia and Benton MacKaye Trail Association slingbladed and trimmed Hemptop Trail.

• Trout Unlimited created stream structures on Rock Creek to improve trout habitat.

• Boy Scout Troop picked up litter along East Cowpen Road and other areas.

• SORBA Ellijay, SORBA Northwest GA, and Intl. Mountain Biking Association slingbladed, trimmed, and removed blowdowns and debris from Mountaintown Creek Trail.

• Team Conasauga and Backcountry Horsemen of North Georgia trimmed and slingbladed East Cowpen Trail.

• Boy Scout Troop 460 and Backcountry Horsemen of North Georgia maintained Jacks River Fields Campground.

• Team Conasauga slingbladed 5.5 miles of Rough Ridge Trail.