Indian Mound in White County- Photo Gabe Bennett

(Sautee) The Sautee Nacoochee Center has announced a new series designed to
educate north Georgians about opportunities to preserve the beauty and character of our rural
mountain communities.

“Preserving What is Essential” is a four-part series sponsored by the Environmental
Stewardship and Preservation Program of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association.

The series offers community members in north Georgia the opportunity to learn ways to maintain a
healthy environment, the beautiful rural character of our landscape, and the cultural and
historic features that make our towns unique. Each program in the series will include featured
speakers followed by small group discussions.

On Wednesday, February 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. George Kimberly, Executive Director
of the Mountain Conservation Trust and Howell Kiser of Tate Mountain will present on land
stewardship opportunities and permanent protection of land through conservation easements.
Hear how families, communities, and other groups have come together to create land
preserves, publicly accessed areas with hiking trails, private communities with designated green
space and more.

The presentation on Thursday March 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. will offer an opportunity
to learn how sustainable agriculture networks and agritourism can “put land to work” while maintaining good land ethics.

Presenters include Andrew Linker of North Georgia LocallyGrown, Cheryl Smith, Agritourism Manager and “Georgia Grown” Coordinator for the Georgia
Department of Agriculture, Nathan Nix of 5N Pastures and Laura Farrelly of Harvest Habersham
farm to table restaurant. “Smart Planning Strategies” is the topic of the April 12 presentation from 2:00 to 4:00
p.m. Architect and Master Planner Lew Oliver will give examples of how development can be
thoughtfully planned with consideration for the land and a community's character.

The final event in the series on Wednesday, May 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. features
Jennifer Lewis, Director of the Center for Community Design and Preservation at the University
of Georgia. Ms. Lewis will provide examples of how communities have worked together to
promote their unique character and protect what is significant from their past while managing
future growth.

To register go to and for more information, contact Johnna Tuttle, Director,
Environmental Stewardship and Preservation Program, 706-878-3300,
Located at 283 Hwy 255 N in Sautee.

The Sautee Nacoochee Community Association is a
member-based organization serving White and Habersham Counties and all of northeast
Georgia. Its mission is to value and nurture individual creativity, along with the historical,
cultural, and environmental resources of the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys and surrounding
area. For more information, visit or call 706-878-3300.