After her talk at Emory University on Tuesday, April 25, Joan Maloof (author of Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests and other books) announced the induction of thirteen Atlanta public parks and two private forests into the Old Growth Forest Network.
The Old Growth Forest Network exists to "preserve, protect and promote the country's few remaining stands of old-growth forest". Its aim is for at least one forest in every county where forests naturally grow in the country to be protected from logging and be open to the public.
As Dr. Maloof pointed out in her talk, there are many benefits of old-growth forests. They are home to biodiversity and a complexity of ecosystem that cannot be found elsewhere. They also allow us to see what much of the Eastern United States once looked like. Another goal of the Old Growth Forest Network is to build a network of people who care about forests.
- Briarlake Forest, DeKalb County
- Hidden Acres Nature Preserve, DeKalb County
- Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, City of Atlanta
- Cumberlander, City of Atlanta
- D'Agnese tract, City of Atlanta
- Daniel Johnson Nature Preserve/Herbert Taylor Park, City of Atlanta
- Deepdene Park, DeKalb County
- Fernbank Forest, DeKalb County
- Herbert Greene Park, City of Atlanta
- Lionel Hampton-Beecher Hills Nature Preserve, City of Atlanta
- Lullwater Conservation Garden, City of Atlanta
- Osborne Park, City of Brookhaven, DeKalb County
- Outdoor Activity Center, City of Atlanta
- McConaughey Nature Preserve and Historic Site, DeKalb County
- Mosman Forest, City of Atlanta