2018 Common Ground Summit

Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve
Session One - 10 AM - Athena B/C

Photo: Julian Buckmaster, The Georgia Conservancy

Photo: Julian Buckmaster, The Georgia Conservancy

Session Description and Noteworthy Project Aspects:
Efforts are well underway in the plan to expand the existing Ocmulgee National Monument and to investigate options for conserving a treasured natural and historical landscape along the Ocmulgee River between Macon and Hawkinsville. This panel will discuss the background of these to create an Ocmulgee National Park &  Preserve and the variety partnerships and collaborations with  necessary to forward this expansion. 



Bryan Adams - President, Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve Initiative

A dedicated conservationist and outdoor enthusiast, Brian Adams is heavily involved in multiple community organizations concentrating on the protection of our environment. As President of the Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve Initiative, he is a driving force in bringing Georgia’s first National Park to his community. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Altamaha RiverKeeper, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission, and the Ocmulgee Water Trail Partnership. His involvement in these influential organizations, among other environmental groups, further champions his efforts to hold powerful corporations accountable for various mistreatments to both individuals and communities.

Chris Clark - President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

A Georgia native, Chris Clark is the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College and State University. Prior to joining the Georgia Chamber, Chris served as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Economic Development. Before his state service, he was the President of the Fayette County Development Authority and CEO of the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.

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Chris Watson - Senior Program Manager,  National Park Conservation Association

Chris Watson works on landscape connectivity, beyond boundary protection, future parks/park expansions, urban parks and wildlands, and Native American cultural connectedness to the parks. Chris has a conservation background in both the cultural and biological disciplines. After completing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Ohio State University, he earned a doctoral degree in conservation geography from the University of Georgia.



Dr. Johnny Bembry - Pulaski County Forester and Board Member of the Georgia Forestry Assocation

Dr. Johnny Bembry is a "Double Dog" Graduate of UGA with BS in Agriculture and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degrees. He is a practicing veterinarian in Hawkinsville, Georgia and is the manager of two family-owned sustainable tree farming entities in Pulaski County. Dr. Bembry currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Georgia Forestry Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Planters First Bank and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Conservancy. Dr. Bembry also serves on the Georgia Land Conservation Council and on the Middle Ocmulgee Regional Water Planning Council. He is a 2010 graduate of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL)


If you have any questions regarding this panel, please email Georgia Conservancy Coastal Director Charles McMillan at cmcmillan@gaconservancy.org