Management and restoration in the southern Appalachians
Robinson, Kelly Ann
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The Wharton Conservation Center (WCC) is a 129 acre tract of land located on the border of Georgia and North Carolina north of Tate City in Towns County, Georgia and Clay County, North Carolina. Dr. Charles H. Wharton, scientist, naturalist and former owner of the property, envisioned it to be an “interpretive site for the Southern Highlands.” Now protected from development via conservation easement, the WCC is owned by the Georgia Wildlife Federation with management and oversight provided by an Advisory Board composed of Dr. Wharton’s colleagues and friends. The Advisory Board has developed a concept plan to achieve Dr. Wharton’s goals. This is a restoration and management plan that focuses on eastern hemlock and mountain bog habitats, invasive species, and focal species to inform the Advisory Board’s decisions in implementing the concept plan.