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Bobby Jones Golf Course Developer Reaches A Deal On Trees

The environmental group Chattahoochee Riverkeeper had been concerned about how many trees were being cut down and about impacts to water quality in two Atlanta creeks at the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead.
The environmental group Chattahoochee Riverkeeper had been concerned about how many trees were being cut down and about impacts to water quality in two Atlanta creeks at the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead.
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The nonprofit that’s redeveloping the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead has reached a deal with an environmental group.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper had been concerned about how many trees were being cut down and about impacts to water quality in two Atlanta creeks. Now, the environmental group and the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation say they’ve agreed on a plan for the trees on the Buckhead course.

“They had some good ideas, and we incorporated them into the project,” said Chuck Palmer, chairman of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation. “Made it a better project.”

The developer will now cut down fewer trees within the stream buffers – from 47 large trees, to 18 – and it will replant three new trees along the streams for every one of the ones cut down.

“They have reduced dramatically the amount of trees that they’re going to cut down, and they’ve added a lot more mitigation and replanting trees that’s going to help those two creeks,” said Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth.

There is still a lawsuit against the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, brought by some neighbors of the course who have other concerns. Palmer said his group moved to dismiss the suit last week.

The course is scheduled to reopen this fall.