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Chapters in Georgia Native Plant Society

History

Over two decades ago, the Georgia Native Plant Society was founded by people based in metro Atlanta.  Since that time, their initiative and message around the importance of native plants to our lives and the ability of individuals to make a difference locally in their protection, stewardship, rescue and propagation, has spread across Georgia and in fact across the USA.  Today our members are served in other locations across the state where local groups are providing educational information, restoration opportunities and opportunities to learn more.

Realignment

In November 2019, GNPS adopted new bylaws, which implemented a state-wide governing board to set organizational policy, define its strategic vision, and directly support chapter activities. This new organizational structure paved the way for more chapters to form throughout Georgia.

Join a chapter

There are currently three official chapters of the Georgia Native Plant Society with new chapters forming. As a member of GNPS you too can get to work and join like minded people in your area by aligning yourself with one of our chapters.

For current members, login and update your chapter affiliation through the chapter affiliation form. For new or renewing members, select your chapter affiliation on the membership form.

Form a chapter

Let us know if you are interested in learning more about how to join or start up a local chapter near you in the state of Georgia by using the Contact Us form. Current members can also use the Chapter Interest Form. To learn more about the overall process, view the Chapter Quick Start Guide. For a more in-depth guide to forming and running a chapter, see the Chapter Manual.

Active Chapters

Coastal Plain

Established 2014

Redbud Project

Established 2015

West Georgia

Established 2008

Forming Chapters

Athens-East Piedmont

Augusta/CSRA

Intown Atlanta

Fringed Campion (Macon)

North Metro Atlanta

North Georgia Mountains

Chapter Areas

The chapter areas shown on the map above are suggestions and do not preclude any chapter from forming. A chapter should form in any area if enough members are interested.

News & Events

Intown Atlanta Chapter Interest Meeting

If you are in the Intown Atlanta area and are interested in joining a new GNPS chapter, please register to join us for a virtual Intown Atlanta chapter interest meeting on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at7:00 PM. Once you register you will receive the instructions for joining the event.

Event Registration Form

What we’ll be focusing on during the meeting:

  • Meeting other chapter area members
  • Reviewing the chapter quick start guide
  • Choosing the startup committee
  • Discussing the name of the chapter
  • Discussing potential meeting locations
  • and more!

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Athens Chapter Interest Meeting

Are you in the Athens area and interested in joining a new GNPS chapter? If so, please join us for a virtual Athens chapter interest meeting on Saturday, May 15 at 2 PM. Once you register you will receive the instructions for joining the event.

Click here to register for the Athens Chapter Interest Meeting.

What we’ll be focusing on during the meeting:

  • Meeting other chapter area members
  • Reviewing the chapter quick start guide
  • Choosing the startup committee
  • Discussing the name of the chapter
  • Discussing potential meeting locations
  • and more!

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

 

GNPS North GA Mountains Chapter Interest Meeting – May 4, at 7 PM

Are you in the North GA Mountains area and interested in joining a new GNPS chapter? If so, please register to join us for a virtual North GA Mountains chapter interest meeting on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 PM.  Once you register, you will receive the instructions for joining the event

What we’ll be focusing on during the meeting:

  • Meeting other chapter area members
  • Reviewing the chapter quick start guide
  • Choosing the startup committee
  • Discussing the name of the chapter
  • Discussing potential meeting locations
  • Choosing a mailing address

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Click here to register for the North GA Chapter Interest Meeting

GNPS Chapter Interest Meeting and Q&A

In the April NativeSCAPE newsletter, we talked about the state of chapter development and getting started forming new chapters.  We had lots of members reaching out about joining or helping to form new chapters.

In order to help answer any questions around forming new chapters or making connections with others who also want to form a chapter in your area, we’ll be hosting a virtual chapter interest meeting and Q&A on Sunday, April 25th, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

A few things we plan on covering:

  • Overview of chapters in the formation stage
  • Chapter affiliation status on membership
  • Chapter Quick Start Guide
  • Resources for Chapters: Hosting meetings, membership lists, social media, document storage, etc
  • Chapter liaison to Membership / Chapter Relations committee
  • Q & A

So join us virtually for an open discussion and Q&A on chapter formation.  Please register by clicking the link below to receive the virtual meeting invitation.

Register for the virtual chapter interest meeting

The where and why of North Georgia’s old-growth forests and champion trees

Join us for the Redbud Chapter March meeting “The where and why of North Georgia’s
old-growth forests and champion trees,” with Jess Riddle, Executive Director of Georgia ForestWatch.

The forests of today’s North Georgia may seem normal, but a visitor from the 1800s might wonder where all the big trees are. Forest giant champion trees can be found many places outside the confines of old growth forests.

While most surviving old-growth forests in north Georgia do not resemble the stereotypical cathedral groves of giant trees, the easily overlooked stands of weather-beaten trees provide exceptional wildlife habitat, record valuable scientific data, and offer management lessons.

Jess Riddle studied tree climate-growth relationships while earning a MS degree in ecology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He earned a BS in multidisciplinary plant ecology from Furman University. Since joining Georgia Forest Watch in 2001, he has documented old-growth forests in north Georgia’s Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests and has nominated over 40 Georgia state champion trees. He is the author Georgia’s Mountain Treasures: The Unprotected Wildlands of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

Details here.

 

 

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