ANNA RUBY FALLS
Guides: Park Ranger David Carswell and local naturalist, Ben Cash, will be our guides at this historic double falls and lovely rambling creek that flows all the way to Appalachicola Bay in Florida.
Guides: Lichenologists Malcolm Hodges (Click here to read more) and Sean Beeching will lend their insight into the unique habitat at Brasstown Bald. Also joining us are local guides, including Sylvia Purcupil, from the Georgia Mountain Research Center in Blairsville, GA.
MT MITCHELL STATE PARK
Guides - Park Ranger Skyler Hill
MINGUS MILL - DAVID COZZO
David Cozzo is the Specialized Agent for the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Cherokee. He will be guiding us to the native plants utilized by the native Americans for food, medicine and utensils.
CLINGMANS DOME - ANDREWS BALD
Doris Gove - Doris Gove has written or co-authored numerous books about hiking and natural history in the southern Appalachians, including "50 Hikes in the Tennessee Mountains: Hikes and Walks from the Blue Ridge to the Cumberland Plateau." Doris has been an instructor at the University of Tennessee and a writer at the Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and she brings a naturalist's love of wildlife to her hiking programs.
TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK
Guides - Carrie Radcliffe and Mincy Moffitt
Carrie Radcliffe earned her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Georgia studying conservation horticulture and plant biology. She currently serves as the mountain bog restoration coordinator for the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance and manages the GPCA safeguarding database through Atlanta Botanical Garden. Carrie is also a consulting botanist to the Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service, serving as a project leader for rare plant species projects. She specializes in conservation networking, cooperative planning, and information sharing for collaborative projects.
Mincy holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South (Sewanee) and a M.B.A. from Georgia State University. These served him well in earlier careers as a banker, and then as Administrative Director for the international environmental group, Greenpeace. As part of a career change, Mincy later received a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology from Auburn University. His current duties for DNR include rare plant surveys; monitoring rare plant/natural communities; and stewardship and restoration of critical habitats. He is “red-card” certified for prescribed fire and is actively involved with the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA). His particular areas of botanical interest include: Blue Ridge mountain bogs, Ridge and Valley seeps and springs; Piedmont oak/pine woodlands; and Coastal Plain riverine sandhills.