Chehaw trimming and clearing green space

One of the many distressed trees being removed from Chehaw property. / From file

In late 2011, the Chehaw Park Authority received its Certified Forest Steward designation from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Forestry Commission. The park was commended for displaying the importance of quality forest management through the use of prescribed burning, thinning, and other activities in the mature pine stands. Chehaw Park functions as an important natural green space for the local urban and suburban communities in Dougherty and Lee County. The continued maintenance and enhancement of the forested landscape within the park provides an important refuge for numerous animals and plants.

Chehaw is effectively thinning and maintaining pine trees in the public areas of the park such as picnic, camping and play areas. Crews will be on hand to answer questions about the Forestry Management program. Chehaw Park will be closed to the public January 16 â" 27, 2012.