Dicks Creek Project
Dicks Creek is a beautiful spot in Lumpkin, GA. With spectacular waterfalls, woodland views, and fishing oppurtunites, Dicks Creek has become very popular among campers and visitors.
Go Outdoors USA has taken a special interest in the area. We will work closely with US Forest Service to return Dicks Creek back to its former beauty, allowing the people who love and respect the area to truly enjoy it.
Reducing Human Impact
Dicks Creek has been heavily impacted by irresponsible human activity. One of the more obvious impacts to the area is littering. In our very first workday at Dicks Creek, Go Outdoors USA hauled out over 500 pounds of trash. We have initiated a series of projects in the area
- Promoting public awareness about responsible area use by our ongoing presence in the area.
- Installing and maintaining informational signage
- Campsite segregation –Implementing various techniques to better define designated camping area. This include numbering and mapping sites, restricting vehicle access to areas, eliminating unauthorized fire pits, protecting stream corridors, and other important activities.
- Special project implementation – These are area specific-projects identified by either Go Outdoors USA or the US Forest Service. One such project is building an informational kiosk.
- Hemlock Monitoring and Treatment
- Litter clean-up
- Promoting wildlife habituation awareness
The impact to the area has been so great that consideration has been given to closing this beautiful area to visitors. It is GOU’s belief that by working to reverse the human impact and providing public education we can keep area accessible for future generations.
Water Quality Monitoring
Because Dicks Creek is a popular among fishermen, water quality monitoring at Dicks Creek will be especially important, in order to maintain this important trout habitat. We have plans to expand our AAS water quality testing to Dicks Creek in 2013.