September Events to Honor Davidson Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve’s Anniversary –

The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance is hosting events throughout September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Davidson Arabia Mountain Nature Reserve.

According to officials from the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance (AMHAA), although the federally recognized heritage area covers 40,000 acres and encompasses many historic and natural sites, Arabia Mountain is the most easily identifiable landscape. of the region.

“The mountain itself is part of the 2,550-acre green space in DeKalb County called the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve,” the AMHAA website states. “The reserve also includes other large exposed granite formations, wetlands, pine and oak forests, several streams and two lakes. The rare species of native plants, such as the characteristic red diamorpha in winter and yellow daisies in autumn, give the impression that the rock is constantly changing.

Fifty years ago, Charles Davidson, Jr., then president of one of the largest granite products companies in the world, made the decision to prevent a massive mountain of granite owned by the Davidson family from being developed by one of the company’s competitors and donated it to the DeKalb County government to be preserved as a public green space, a news release said.

The preservation of Arabia Mountain’s monadnock, defined as an isolated hill of bedrock rising above the general level of the surrounding area, has paved the way for public bike paths and hiking trails so the public can continue to enjoy the unique landscape of the region.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reserve, the public is invited to attend the following events:

• The festivities will begin with a guided sunset/full moon hike with a ranger who will discuss the history of the area. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on September 9.
• The Georgia Conservancy will honor the 50th anniversary of Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve by hosting a service project. “Projects we plan to address during our service day include trail maintenance and restoration, as well as the removal of invasive plant species,” Georgia Conservancy officials said. Volunteers are asked to bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, long pants, and a raincoat. The service day will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 24. For more information and to register for this event, visit www.georgiaconservancy.org/npld-service-projects.
• An outing with some of those who helped create and continue to support the Davidson Arabia Mountain Nature Reserve will take place during the 50th Anniversary Founder’s Day Hike. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 25.
• The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs and the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance will hold a ceremony celebrating the origin of the Davidson-Arabia Mountains Nature Preserve. The public is invited to join county officials, parks staff, the Davidson family and representatives of the Arabia Mountain Area Alliance at the ceremony and light refreshments will be served, according to the news release. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 28.

Davidson Arabia Mountain Nature Reserve is located at 3787 Klondike Road in Stonecrest. For more information, visit https://arabiaalliance.org/.

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