Atlantic Coast Conservancy Recognized

Left to right Levi Rentz, Chairman of Green Ribbon Award, Dr. Robert Keller, President, David White, Patrick Honam, and Mary Rentz, President of KPB

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to present the Green Ribbon Award to Atlantic Coast Conservancy, 80 South Main Street, Jasper, GA 30143. This organization is under the leadership of Dr. Robert Keller, Ph.D., D, President. The mission of the Atlantic Coast Conservancy is to provide 21st Century solutions and sound scientific applications for conservation of critical natural resources in the face of a changing climate focusing on the Southeastern United States with specific utilization of geographic information systems applications in land conservation, ecosystems services, carbon sequestration, and conservation biology. This organization was created to rapidly respond to present-day conservation needs in areas previously underserved by the land trust community.

The KPB Green Ribbon Award is given to a selected individual, group, club or business in Pickens County in recognition of outstanding example of a program, project or activities that protect or enhance our community’s environment through promotion, support or furtherance of the KPB goals.

If you would like to nominate a home or business to receive our Green Ribbon or Green Thumb award, call or email us at 706-253-3600 –

New Adopt A Road Volunteers

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to announce another Adopt A Road member. Pastor Gary Hullquist and his Church, Talking Rock Sabbath Chapel, have volunteered to pickup West Price Creek Road between Jones Mountain Road and Burnt Mountain Road. Our thanks to the Talking Rock Sabbath Chapel another road in our beautiful county will be cleaned up.

Littering the roadways is a crime in the State of Georgia, punishable by a LARGE fine and/or jail time.

KPB is all about reaching our goals to improve the quality of life by eliminating litter through community involvement and increased public awareness. Doing the little things make a “BIG difference.” You too can make a difference! If you would like to become a volunteer contact our office at 706-253-3600 and visit our web page at

Carol Opdenhoff, Office Manager


For decades, the U. S. scrap tire industry has worked diligently to improve the consumption of scrap tires throughout the country. According to the U. S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) in 1990, only 11 percent of annually generated scrap tires were consumed in beneficial end-use markets.

According to USTMA, in 2017 now over 25 percent of the approximately 62 million tires are used for playgrounds, landscaping mulch and molded and extruded products as the most prolific segments. Today’s crumb rubber is the result of removing metal and fabric from old tires and grinding the scrap tires into different sized pieces for specific applications

Doris Wigington City Park Extension

Keep Pickens Beautiful has been working in the City park extension located off Lumber Company Road. KPB has purchased a Cabana (pictured) and done grounds work around the building. New recycle and trash containers have been put in place for the convenience of those who wish to have a picnic in the park.

The park is located at the trail head of a walking path that is a loop about 2 ½ miles long. It is scenic and very lovely peaceful place, until the local train passes through. Take a picnic lunch and check it out.

If you would like to join KPB and help keep our county clean and beautiful, call our office at 706-253-3600, or visit our web page at, for more information.

KPB is celebrating 30 years of Keeping Pickens Beautiful.