A Message from CPC President James Schulz:
Dear Friends of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,
As we are about to celebrate our second anniversary, I want to remember Patty Wissinger, the park superintendent who helped us birth this organization and who as she neared the end of her battle with cancer asked that memorials be given to this organization. We will always remember her and her contribution to this friends group.
Patty’s successor, Bill Cox, has a vision for the CRNRA in which we share: “that CRNRA would in fact be known for its ability to connect people to the park, the park to our communities, and our communities to their National Park Service.” As the board works on the annual work plan for next year we will be thinking about how we can contribute to Bill’s vision.
Already we have been building relationships with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), Chattahoochee NOW, the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID), and the Georgia Conservancy. We learned that the Peachtree Corners YMCA was going to lose the use of the property on which they had their summer camp and suggested they explore with the CRNRA using the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center (CREEC) in Johns Creek. Currently we are considering the feasibility of a Cumberland Festival and Race in cooperation with the CCID in and between the Paces Mill and Cochran Shoals units of the park. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization has agreed to participate. Chattahoochee NOW is interested in the event.
We recently received our 501(c)(3) letter and are already submitting a grant application to support the CRNRA’s Ticket to Ride program which brings environmental education to third graders at Title I schools. In the future we will be raising funds to establish and staff visitor contact stations at the CREEC and at Allenbrook in Roswell, which will focus on the historical sites in the park and its history.
We are going to be looking at ways to communicate to the users of the park the need for contributions to make up the money Congress has cut from the budget of the National Park Service without any reduction in the responsibilities they are expected to fulfill. Right now the park is being funded at the 2012 level.
The park also depends on the contributions made by the many park volunteers. We will be recognizing them at a dinner this fall.
Finally, I would like to invite you to our first in a series of environmental education programs at the CREEC. On October 25, 2014, Leslie Edwards will talk to us about her book The Natural Communities of Georgia.
We appreciate your support and hope you will join with us in making these transformative projects for the Park a success.Best regards,Jim