CHATTAHOOCHEE NATIONAL PARK CONSERVANCY
On August 15, 1978, the dream of local river and park advocates was realized when President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian and longtime park proponent, signed a law establishing the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA).
Congress stated in this enabling legislation that "the natural, scenic, recreation, historic, and other values of a forty-eight-mile segment of the Chattahoochee River... from Buford Dam downstream to Peachtree Creek... should be preserved and protected from developments and uses which would substantially impair or destroy them."
Today, the CRNRA includes the 48-mile section of the Chattahoochee River from Lake Lanier to the city of Atlanta and nearly 7,000 acres of parkland in fifteen units along the river – often referred to as a “string of pearls.” The park had more than 3.5 million visits in 2020 making it the 16th most-visited national park in the country.
In 2012, Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC) was established as the official friends group for the CRNRA: the only nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and preservation of the CRNRA and the enhancement of visitor experience. We operate in partnership with the Park Service under a memorandum of agreement which assures our members, donors and the public that their support of CNPC supports the work of the Park Service in the CRNRA.
CNPC MISSION The mission of the Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy is to build a community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) and to promote stewardship of its natural and cultural resources.
VISION Our vision is for the CRNRA to become an iconic national park: a recognized natural and cultural asset within the Atlanta region and beyond that is enjoyed and supported by a partner organization focused on its prosperity and building a community dedicated to its preservation and enhancement.
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