- Roscoe Nicholson
Roscoe Nicholson (
January 22, 1887- October 22, 1959) [ [http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ga/rabun/cemeteries/joneroan.txt Jones Roane-Cemetery Inscriptions ] ] was a surveyor and early advocate of conservation, who played an important role in preserving forest land in the U.S. state of Georgia in the early 20th century.
Born and raised in Pine Mountain, an unincorporated community at the eastern edge of Rabun County, Georgia he was the first
forest rangerin Georgia. [ [http://www.fs.fed.us/conf/chatto_history.htm History of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests] ] Before becoming Georgia's first forest ranger in 1912, he worked as a surveyor for the federal government. Nicholson advised the United States Forest Servicein its initial and subsequent land purchases in what is now the Tallulah Ranger Districtof the Chattahoochee National Forest. He and Arthur Woodyare considered to be the two most important early figures in the history of the Chattahoochee National Forest. In addition to being instrumental in the early land purchases, Ranger "Nick", as he was called, worked to prevent forest fires by purchasing bloodhounds to track arsonists and building the first fire towerin the area on Rabun Bald(second-highest peak in Georgia). He also played an important role in establishing telecommunications in the region, being responsible for having telephone lines run from Clayton, Georgiato Pine Mountain.
Ranger "Nick" retired in 1952. In 1960, the
Coleman River Scenic Areanear Clayton, Georgiawas dedicated to Ranger "Nick" following his 40 years of public service in honor of his promotion of conservation ideals and other work. [ [http://georgiatrails.com/trails/coleman.html Coleman River Trail and Scenic Area] ]
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