Canceled – Wilks Creek Work Day July 18th 2020

We will be building in-stream structures to improve brook trout habitat on Wilks Creek, a stream that flows into the upper Chattahoochee River.

I am sorry to announce, but out of an abundance of caution and regards to protect our partners and our employees, it is the USFS’ decision to postpone the Wilks Branch Workday scheduled for July 18th, 2020.  We do not have a rescheduling a date at this time, however, we would like to still work with the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter and supporting Rabun, Oconee River, Middle Georgia, and Savannah River chapters to find a time in the near future to still complete the work scheduled at Wilks Branch.  Along with my District Ranger, Ryan Foote, we waited until now to make the final decision trying to weigh ALL of the information regarding performing this work on the 18th at Wilks Branch hoping conditions and the current situation would change for the better so we could complete the work.  I feel the risk just does not outweigh the reward at this time, and I am hoping by postponing the workday we will be able to complete more structures on our workday that what was possible on the 18th.  If conditions do not change or get worse and we are forced to cancel the workday, we will re-evaluate the situation and plan next year’s work accordingly.

Again, I am truly sorry for the inconvenience this decision may have made on any of you,

David Vinson
Wildlife Biologist
Forest Service
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest