A Little Rain, Sugar Creek Raceway Activity, Invasive Species Workshop, Action Alert From Georgia ForestWatch

We had 3/10″ of rain Saturday night, and it was very welcome because the week had been very dry.

Sugar Creek Raceway – a third mile dirt oval – is projected to reopen this fall as Blue Ridge Motorsports Park. That’s according to a report in the September 7th News Observer, one of our three so-called newspapers. This will be welcome news to local fans of dirt track racing. It will be less welcome news to the many cabin owners in the area who are not, and consider the noise ungodly. Apparently, it will reopen as a Saturday night track. Once again, cabin buyers will have to personally evaluate any property in the Sugar Creek, Chestnut Gap, and Bullen Gap areas. The only effective way to do that is to be there when they’re running. The sound carries as far as Double Knob in Gilmer County, although whether you hear it or not depends on location and elevation. As some of the local agents are a bit forgetful of this reality, please share the news with anyone who is looking for a cabin in this area.

The North Georgia Master Gardeners are sponsoring a workshop of identifying, reporting, and remediating invasive species,, and it looks like a good one. We’ve had one of the instructors, Karan Rawlins, as part of our Master Naturalist program, and she’s excellent. The workshop is October 17-18, and the flyer is posted below.


Georgia ForestWatch has issued an urgent action alert calling for opposition to a bill that would significantly weaken protections for Southeastern forests, including a provision to allow the Forest Service to clear cut mature forests without any review. Please read the flyer and take the time to send two email opposing this awful bill.



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