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Forest was formally inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network on Saturday, July
25. Dr. Sarah Horsley, network manager of the Old-Growth Forest Network,
presented a plaque to park officials and Keep Chamblee Beautiful volunteers to
celebrate the dedication of the forest.
and 1962, the City of Chamblee acquired the land that would become Keswick
Park. Keswick Park grew throughout the years with a playground, tennis courts
and recreation fields, but the 15-acre gem of old-growth forest remained. In
2016, Keep Chamblee Beautiful volunteers thoughtfully added extensions to
existing historical footpath trails, so residents could enjoy a quiet walk in
the forest amid busy city life and more recently have been removing invasive
species to allow the native forest to flourish. The forest contains three
separate perennial streams, upland and bottomland forests and a wide array of
native Piedmont trees estimated up to 230 years old. Several particularly
massive, coppiced old-growth tulip poplar, sycamore and red oak trees can be
found along small foot trails carved through the woods, as well as many
understory and ground-level plants such as Piedmont azalea, wild hydrangea,
devil’s walking stick, wood aster, wild ginger, and trillium.
was inducted into the “Original Forest of Atlanta,” a group of DeKalb and
Fulton County forests that are historically linked to Atlanta’s original forest
cover. www.oldgrowthforest.net/ga-original-forest-of-atlanta-dekalb-county .
“Each of these
Atlanta area sites are native Piedmont gems among our City in the Forest. As an
Atlanta resident, I appreciate the work of our Chamblee volunteers and park
employees recognizing and protecting these old-growth areas. The Old-Growth
Forest Network grows from our network of dedicated forest preservationists,”
Dr. Horsley states.
The mission of
the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN) is to connect people with nature by
creating a national network of protected, mature, publicly accessible, native
forests. The goal is to preserve at least one forest in every county in the
United States that can sustain one. OGFN’s program works to identify forests
for the Network, ensure their protection from logging and inform people of the
forest locations. OGFN also educates about the extraordinary ecological and
human wellness benefits of old-growth forests and speaks out regarding
immediate threats to specific ancient forests. Interested volunteers are
information on the City of Chamblee please visit www.chambleega.gov or call