Who we are

History and approach

The Board of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy are dedicated and passionate volunteers who advocate for the creek because we recognize its immense value to our community and our world.

NCCC began in 1989 with a primary focus on creating a greenway from the river to the gorge. While these efforts continue, the organization began acquiring land from Bowater and other large landowners in order to secure space for the State Natural Area that currently spans from the Flipper Bend on the south rim of the Gorge to the upper reaches of Cain and North Chickamauga Creek. 

NCCC has also been an advocate for the protection of the creek as a vital natural resource. We have advocated for more responsible development along the banks of the creek, especially as it runs through Hixson, and we have fought hard to make sure that municipalities recognize and protect what is an Exceptional Water of the State. 

NCCC approaches conservation as a cooperative enterprise between landowners, municipalities, and conservationists. We foster dialogue that identifies the key interests of all parties involved and advocates for a solution that ultimately serves the land and the creek in a beneficial way. In short, we listen, learn, and then strategically advocate for the creek and the watershed. 

The Board

The Board of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy are dedicated and passionate volunteers who advocate for the creek because we recognize its immense value to our community and our world.

  • Ongeleigh Underwood President
  • Tim Laramore Volunteer Executive Director
  • Taft Sibley Past President and Fundraising Committee Head
  • Bett Adams Vice President
  • Bryan Mattice Treasurer
  • Andrew Leffler Secretary
  • Ansley Eichorn Education and Outreach Committee Head
  • Susan Crowell Stewardship Committee Head
  • Craik Davis Finance Committee Head
  • Tyler Rogers
  • Sean Richards
  • Paul Hubbard
  • Mason Morehead
  • Lucien Scott
  • Jose Jimenez
  • Jonathan Clark
  • Michael Mahaffey
  • Jim Rearden

Current Projects