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Going Up: Southeastern Tree Climbing Workshop Scheduled for Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

MANSFIELD, Ga. (8/14/2015)

If you describe yourself as an adventure, research or educational tree climber or interested in land-management/recreation – make plans to attend the Southeastern Tree Climbing Workshop scheduled for Sept. 10-13, 2015 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

“Although this is a regional workshop that likely will attract climbers from the Southeastern U.S., it is open to any tree climber from anywhere,” said Bill Maher, vice president of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers.  “A goal of this workshop is to encourage climbers to go home and find ways to work with local, state or national agencies in their area.” 

Attendees can expect the following types of opportunities at the weekend workshop, to improve climbing skills and wilderness ethics, meet other outdoor professionals interested in recreational tree climbing, canopy research and climb with like-minded individuals.  Additionally, Charlie Elliott offers such activities as shooting sports, fishing, miles of hiking trails, world-class birding and wildlife watching opportunities. 

Other potential activities include practicing canopy rescue scenarios, canopy research projects and checking out Project Adventure’s on-site challenge course. 

The weekend workshop is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, and Tree Stuff. 

Fees for this workshop, which include lodging, meals and all activities, are $210 per person.  If camping (and bringing own camping equipment), the cost is $170 and includes meals and activities.  A Saturday-only option is available for $20 and includes activities and lunch.  Preregistration is required. 

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, named for the first director of what is now the Wildlife Resources Division, offers outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, shooting and birding along with educational programs and a conference center, banquet hall and hotel-styled lodging, all within an hour’s drive of Atlanta. The 6,400 acres include Marben Public Fishing Area and Clybel Wildlife Management Area. 

For more information or to register, please contact Jody Rice at 770-784-3062 or at jody.rice@dnr.ga.gov .  For more information on the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott

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