Caring For The Cradle Of Southern Appalachia
By the year 2055, our tri-state region of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama is expected to add half a million people.
How will we manage that growth while conserving the forests and streams around us?
Earlier this year, Thrive Regional Partnership - a nonprofit here in Chattanooga - launched the Cradle of Southern Appalachia to highlight conservation needs in our area.
The goal by 2055: improve half of this region’s polluted streams and protect half of its forests, a million acres’ worth.
To achieve that goal, Thrive is working with conservation-minded stakeholders through its Natural Treasures Alliance - relying on data from our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Rhett Bentley is with Thrive Regional Partnership.