The birds in the trees are not the only creatures twittering these days on the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. In an effort to share up-to-date information with forest visitors, U.S. Forest Service personnel are now posting updates on Twitter, the internet service that enables information to be instantly published on the web and to mobile devices.
Forest Supervisor George Bain said, “We realize that there are a number of different tools that allow us to talk with people these days. Setting up a twitter account will allow us to communicate with forest users and share up-to-date information about the national forests in Georgia.” While most of the ‘tweets’ will be informational in nature, there are times when having access to immediate information can be critical. Bain stated, “We have discussed using this tool when fighting wildfires, for example, to allow concerned citizens to get frequent updates on the status of the fire.”
Anyone interested in following the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests can do so at twitter.com/ChattOconeeNF. There is also a link on the Forest Service website at www.fs.fed.us/conf.
“I’m really interested in feedback on this service,” stated Bain. If you would like to find out more about the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest or provide ideas for tweets, please contact Mitch Cohen at (770) 297-3095.
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