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Caring For The Cradle Of Southern Appalachia

In the great outdoors of Southeastern Appalachia
Thrive Regional Partnership

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.

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