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Working Together for ConservationThe Towns County Mountain Conservation Council (MCC) is made up of seven citizens of Towns County appointed by Commissioner Kendall to work with developers to create 3-acre lots or 1-acre lots with 2-acres of green space (conserving native plants and habitat). When certain voluntary standards are met, their developments are designated as a “Mountain Conservation Community,” and they can enjoy fast site processing, no fees and other benefits.
Frank Riley is the Site Advisor for the Council, working with developers to follow MCC guidelines. He was chosen for this position because of his background-38 years in all phases of forestry, including running two major sawmills and as a computer consultant for forestry industries. He was the director of the GA Forestry Association, and is a registered forester in four states, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Alabama.
Locally Riley is in real estate with Southern Heritage Land Co. and is a volunteer member of Station #5 Fire Department. His roots go back to the 1800’s when his great grandfather, Walter Brown came to Town’s County. His grandfather, Walter Scott Brown, was the very first County Agent in Towns, and then he became State Director of the Georgia Agriculture Extension Service and co-founder of Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton.
Elected as Chairman of the Towns County Mountain Conservation Council, Jack Miller graduated from Georgia Tech with an Engineering degree. He worked twenty years in West Cobb County where he built and developed subdivisions ranging from $200,000 to $700,000.
Former Governor Roy Barnes appointed Miller to the Sediment & Erosion Overview Council, State of Georgia; he was re-appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue and still serves on that council. Miller services on the Tommy Nobbis Board-a foundation that trains the handicapped to be a part of the work force. He is also director and organizer of Alpha Bank and Trust in both Marietta and in Alpharetta. Miller and his wife built a home here seven years ago and became full-time Towns residents in 2007.
Commissioner Kendall said he is proud to have these two well-qualified men on the Council, working with developers in the county. This is one of the many eco friendly steps Mr. Kendall has made to keep runoff into the lake at a minimum, “Limiting land disturbed by housing development is an important way to keep our lake and county water healthy.”
Call Frank Riley before dirt and plants are disturbed, and become a member of this conservation group. Frank can be reached at 706-435-9902. More information can be found on the web at townscounty.org/mcc
Working Together for Conservation
By Joan Crothers, Council Member
North Georgia Mountains Magazine
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