By Rob Brawner, Executive Director of Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Atlanta’s park system is on the rise. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the first phase of ...
SaportaReport is proud to present the latest in Thought Leaders from across Georgia. Designed as a general forum where experts may host discussions about their respective fields, SaportaReport Thought Leadership is sponsored by various industry leaders from the Atlanta area. Atlanta is known as the City in the Trees! Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Georgia Audubon, Georgia Conservancy, Park Pride, The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy contribute stories on the rich history of Atlanta’s nature scene, conservation and how we can create a better Atlanta one greenspace at a time.
By Rob Brawner, Executive Director of Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Atlanta’s park system is on the rise. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the first phase of Westside Park, which was made possible by a leadership gift from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and significant City of Atlanta investments to become […]
By Jared Teutsch, Executive Director Through our mission to build places where birds and people thrive, Georgia Audubon works to educate and engage Georgians of all ages. And we use birds as the lens through which we introduce youth and adults alike to birds, birding, and an overall conservation ethic. In the past year, Georgia […]
By Andrew White, Park Pride’s Director of Park Visioning Parks and politics? Most people don’t see the natural connection between the two, but they are inextricably linked. Especially within the park planning process, which is something that I think a lot about in my role as the Director of Park Visioning at Park Pride. As […]
In May, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) joined together to launch the South River Forest Consensus Building and Stakeholder Engagement process. As the largest untapped natural resource in metro Atlanta surrounded by historically disinvested neighborhoods, protecting and preserving the South River Forest has the potential to change thousands of lives […]
By Jared Teutsch, Executive Director Three billion birds … that is the number of birds that have been lost since 1970. A groundbreaking study published in the journal Science in 2019 revealed that more than one in four birds have disappeared from our landscape in the past 50 years, including common birds, like Barn Swallows […]
By Stacy Funderburke Atlanta rose in the ranks from 49th to 27th on the Trust for Public Land’s 2022 ParkScore Index®— the most complete and in-depth ranking of parks in our nation’s 100 largest cities. The rise is largely due to the recent increase of acres conserved for parks and greenspace in the last year. […]
By Michael Halicki, Executive Director of Park Pride It should be no surprise that I love parks. Parks are good for people and the communities of which they’re a part. They’re foundational for the health of local wildlife and habitats, and function as critical urban infrastructure by absorbing stormwater runoff, cooling ambient temperatures, providing the […]
By Jared Teutsch, Executive Director Both people and birds need healthy habitats to thrive. With that in mind, Georgia Audubon has been busy creating bird-friendly habitat across Georgia to fulfill our mission to build places where birds and people thrive. Through innovative partnerships and with the help of some amazing volunteers, Georgia Audubon is focused […]
By Andrew White, Park Pride’s Director of Park Visioning Atlanta’s relationship with the Chattahoochee has always been complicated and multifaceted. Historically a corridor of trade between the Cherokee and Muscogee people, the river was given over to industry after European colonization for manufacturing, power production, and disposal of waste. Some of these industries, notoriously Chattahoochee […]
Michael Halicki, Executive Director for Park Pride, and George Dusenbury Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land Atlanta’s reputation for its parks and recreation system is getting a lot of attention. Last week The Trust for Public Land (TPL) released the 2022 ParkScore ranking, which compares the park systems of the 100 largest […]