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MCT 2019 Matching Summer Challenge

MCT 2019 Matching Summer Challenge

Do you remember catching your first fish?

Finding an arrowhead in a local stream?
Your first hike or canoe trip?

MCT is dedicated to the permanent conservation of the natural resources and scenic beauty of the North Georgia Mountains and Foothills. We want to ensure that your children - and all future generations - will have the freedom to create those same kinds of memories.

Through the generosity of an anonymous supporter, we are excited to announce the MCT 2019 Matching Summer Challenge. We need your help to reach our goals of $60,000 and 50 new members. Your donations will be generously matched dollar for dollar up to $30,000 - immediately doubling those contributions. Where else can you get that kind of return?

If you are an existing member, please consider renewing your membership, increasing your support during this exciting Summer Challenge and most of all recruit your friends and colleagues to become members.

Join our campaign to save our North Georgia Mountains and Foothills. Doing so protects our:

  • Water supply
  • Habitat for native wildlife,
    Hunting and fishing resources
  • Land available for public recreational use
  • Iconic landscapes that define the nature and character of the region, and Economy by promoting tourism in our rural communities.


Hornwort $25 Level Headwaters Hornwort: Megaceros aenigmaticus* A hornwort is non-vascular plant related to mosses and liverworts that forms masses of thin, dark green sheets on wet rocks.

Hellbender $100 Level Eastern Hellbender: Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis* A hellbender is an extremely large, fully aquatic salamander typically ranging 11½" - 20" in total length, though some individuals may reach 29". They make their homes in streams that are clear, cool, and swiftly flowing with rocky bottoms.

Helmlock $250 Level Carolina Hemlock: Tsuga caroliniana* Carolina hemlock is a slow-growing, coniferous, evergreen tree that grows to 40 - 70 feet and lives on dry slopes, ridgelines, and rocky cliffs at high-elevations.

Etowah Darter $500 Level Etowah Darter: Etheostoma etowahae* The Etowah darter occurs only in the Etowah River system in Georgia and typically occurs in swift riffle habitat over cobble and gravel substrata.

Wild Turkey $1,000 Level Wild Turkey: Meleagris gallopavo* The Wild Turkey is the largest gallinaceous bird in North America meaning that it is a heavy-bodied, largely ground-feeding domestic or game bird.

MCT Summer Challenge-Individual Membership Levels


Trefoil $25 Level Carolina Trefoil: Acmispon helleri* Carolina Trefoil is an annual herb that lives in openings in post oak and blackjack oak woodlands with clay soils, over bedrock high in iron and magnesium, such as ultramafic rock; clearings, roadsides, and rights-of-way through these habitats.

Mountian Ash $100 Level American Mountain Ash: Sorbus americana* American Mountain-ash is a shrub or small tree up to 30 feet tall, usually shorter, with a short trunk and gray bark that produces small orange-red fruit and lives in moist areas on rocky mountain tops, grassy balds, openings in high-elevation hardwood forests.

Beautiful Crayfish $250 Level Beautiful Crayfish: Cambarus speciosus* The Beautiful Crayfish is endemic to the Coosawattee River system (Upper Coosa River system) in northwestern Georgia. It has relatively large claws and its carapace is orange-tan with a greenish abdomen.

Gray Bat $500 Level Gray Bat: Myotis grisescens* The Gray Bat is Georgia's largest bat and perhaps the most cave-dependent mammal in this country. It roosts and hibernates exclusively in suitable caves in the southeastern U.S. However, some of the few specimens collected in Georgia were found in a drainage tunnel under the University of Georgia football stadium.

Bald Eagle $1,000 Level Bald Eagle: Haliaeetus leucocephalus* Adult bald eagles are easily recognized by their familiar dark brown body and contrasting white head and tail with yellow bill, eyes, legs, and feet. Eagles form permanent pair bonds, but individuals will find another mate if the original is lost. They construct large stick nests in tall trees near water; used year after year, the nest can become quite large over time.

MCT Summer Challenge-Corporate Membership Levels

*Level information and descriptions come from the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division -

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