Blue Heron celebrates trail project at Earth Day event

Original article written by Evelyn Andrews for Reporter Newspapers.

"The Blue Heron Nature Preserve celebrated the 'Blueway Trail' project, which is already underway, in a ceremonial groundbreaking during its Earth Day event on April 21.

Construction on the internal trails began in February and is expected to be completed this year. The trails, which are within the preserve itself, are phase one of a two-part plan to provide more connectivity to the preserve. The other phase would build trails that would connect the park to PATH400 and Chastain Park..."

Read the full article here

Read more about the Blueway Trail Initiative here. 

Photo displayed above was taken by Eugene Buchko.

Fulton BOC Recognizes Environmental Award Winners

Original article can be found here

"On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) recognized eight environmental award recipients.

Each of the honorees were recognized because of their efforts to advocate and exemplify environmentally-sound practices in Fulton County. Their efforts aligns with the County’s Strategic Priority Areas set forth by the BOC under the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan areas of All People are Healthy, All People have Economic Opportunities, and All People are Safe; and supports Fulton County’s goal to be first in Impact, Service, and Efficiency by engaging people..."

Read more about Blue Heron & the other winners here.

Atlanta Audubon promotes habitats for birds, people in its updated mission

Original article written by David Pendered for Saporta Reports

"The Atlanta Audubon’s plan to restore a bird-friendly habitat at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, in North Buckhead, is just the latest program by an organization that has ramped up its outreach significantly in recent years.

Atlanta Audubon is one of those groups whose efforts since the Great Recession have propelled environmental projects from offstage to the main stage. South Fork Conservancy is another such group, along with the South River Watershed Alliance and Livable Buckhead, the developer of PATH 400..."

Read more about how the Atlanta Audubon is utilizing the Preserve here

Atlanta City Council Approves Extending Blue Heron Stewardship

"Blue Heron Nature Preserve Inc., the nonprofit largely responsible for managing the 30-acre greenspace of the same name in Buckhead, will have its stewardship extended for at least another five years thanks to legislation that passed unanimously at the Atlanta City Council’s Oct. 16meeting at City Hall downtown.

The partnership with the city’s department of parks and recreation will enable 'the parties to further their common goal of refurbishing, enhancing, and maintaining the preserve in its natural environment,' the legislation stated.

The nonprofit is specifically authorized to engage in the 'design, installation and maintenance of limited improvements to the preserve; maintenance of environmentally friendly landscape improvements,  maintenance of the preserve so that its natural condition is preserved and it is consistently in a safe condition and organization of limited educational programs in the preserve.'

'Blue Heron values the partnership we have developed with the city of Atlanta to preserve and enhance this valuable resource for the community,' Executive Director Kevin McCauley said in a news release. 'We look forward to a continued collaboration as we seek to bring understanding and appreciation to the natural world.'

..." - Read more from the Northside Neighbor here.

BHNP featured on 90.1 WABE

Do you love 90.1 WABE as much as we do?! Check out our feature about the beavers who live here at Emma Wetlands! Thanks to Elizabeth Sudduth who teaches her students at the Preserve for giving information to Molly Samuel, a renowned writer for WABE. We are so thrilled about having such a significant part of the Preserve covered on such a wonderful and engaging radio program of Atlanta! Check the article here for more information. 💚🌳🌾🏞

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Hands On Atlanta & Skyland Trail Workday

Blue Heron would like to thank Hands On Atlanta and Skyland Trail for providing energetic and enthusiastic volunteers on Saturday, August 5th. By participating in trash pickup and invasive species removal, we were able to clear our Emma Wetlands property of materials that prevent our native plants and animals from thriving. If you're interested in helping preserve the wilderness of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, please contact Brooke at brookev@bhnp.org. or visit our website at bhnp.org to learn more.

Buckhead Coalition Donation for Blueway Trails

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Blue Heron was recently honored by the Buckhead Coalition with a $15,000 donation towards the first phase of the Blueway Trail Initiative.  Former Mayor Sam Massell was there to make the presentation. The Buckhead Coalition recognized us along with other parks and green-space organizations in Buckhead as part of National Parks and Recreation month.  Funds were provided through a donation from the Bank of the South Foundation.   We can't thank the Buckhead Coalition enough for their tireless commitment to the community and for their generous support as we begin our efforts this fall with a capital campaign to raise over $500,000 for the soft trail system.  Stay tuned for more information about the Blueway Trails. Read our Press Release here.

New Wildlife Blind

Next time you're at the preserve, make your way over to our new Wildlife Blind! Thanks to our powerhouse of a project manager, Brooke, and a few of our trusty volunteers, Will, Sam, and Rosco, we now have a blind made of cedar instead of bamboo. This reconstruction took place through rough storms and heat, so we appreciate all of the hard work and effort put into this beautiful development. Here are some photos of the work in progress as well as the final product!

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Doggie Daze at Blue Heron

Dogs and dog owners! Blue Heron Nature Preserve is hosting its third annual Doggie Daze event on July 15th, 2017 at 9am-11am. Buckhead and surrounding-area residents are invited to the Preserve for this free event to meet new friends, enjoy fun activities, and appreciate the outdoors. Nature tours and creek walks will be lead by Blue Heron guides for those who are happy to get their paws dirty 🐾 Doggie art & apparel will be available to make something special for their furry friends. Local pet-oriented businesses will be in the parking lot greeting furry & non-furry visitors, and local restaurant Buttermilk Kitchen is supplying a light breakfast as well. Most important of all, there will be several pets up for adoption or fostering, so consider stopping by if you'd like to care for a new cute companion. 🐶🌤