Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission

We are looking for three residents of Athens-Clarke County to join our team!

The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission is a volunteer commission that works to make plans for the Mayor and Commission of Athens-Clarke County. The appointment is for a 5-year term with monthly commitments to meetings of the commission and select committees. Anyone can apply that is a resident of the county and has any interest in any area of the five goals of the ORGC; natural resources, education, health & wellbeing, recreation, and transportation. 

Anyone interested must apply by midnight of October 10th, 2021 through the online application.

https://www.accgov.com/FormCenter/Leisure-Services-7/Oconee-Rivers-Greenway-Commission-Applic-738

What is the Greenway Commission?

The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission (ORGC) is a chartered citizen committee that advises the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission on matters related to the Oconee Rivers Greenway system. The general responsibility of ORGC is to develop a plan for a river-oriented greenway system in Athens-Clarke County and to recommend measures to protect the resources of the Oconee Rivers and their tributaries.

Membership includes up to ten members appointed by the Mayor and Commission and five members appointed by the President of the University of Georgia. ORGC was established by county ordinance in 1992, formalizing a grass-roots movement that began in the early 1970s that established the North Oconee River Greenway and Heritage Trail. The ORGC has an advisory role in greenway network planning and implementation. ORGC can generate support for the Greenway which serves as a resource for conservation, education, transportation and recreation for the residents of Clarke County.

For more information about the Greenway Commission, please visit the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission page in the Boards, Authorities, and Commission area.

Commission meetings are held at 4:00 pm every third Tuesday of the month. Please check the calendar for meeting dates and locations. The public is invited to attend and participate.

Current Greenway Commissioners

Athens-Clarke County Appointees:

  • Ross Hinkle  - Chair
  • Jacob Maas - Vice Chair / Communications & Outreach Committee Chair
  • Karen Porter - Sustainability Committee Chair
  • Susie Haggard - Planning Committee Chair
  • Charles Barrow - Treasurer
  • Alex Patterson
  • Mack Duncan*
  • Jennifer Gay
  • Carley Evans
  • VACANT

University of Georgia Appointees:

  • Bryan Varin (Appointed 8/3/2021)
  • Shana Jones
  • Lara Mathes
  • Alison McCullick
  • Robert Gordon

Ex-Officio Members:

  • ACC Leisure Services - Alex Bond (Staff Liaison)
  • ACC Sustainability Office - Mike Wharton
  • ACC Planning Department - Robin Schultze
  • ACC Transportation & Public Works - Daniel Sizemore
  • ACC Public Utilities Department 
  • Bike Athens - Scott Long
  • Upper Oconee Watershed Network - Diane Windham - Secretary
  • Rail to Trail - Firefly Inc.
  • Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
  • Northeast Georgia Regional Commission

September ORGC Meeting

Want to make a comment or ask a question of the ORGC? Please submit a form to be read aloud during the meeting.


August ORGC Meeting


July ORGC Meeting


June ORGC Meeting

May ORGC Meeting



April ORGC Meeting

April Meeting Agenda

March ORGC Meeting

March ORGC Agenda

February ORGC Meeting

February Meeting Agenda

January ORGC Meeting

January Meeting Agenda


December ORGC Meeting

December Meeting Agenda

November ORGC Meeting


October ORGC Meeting


September Special Called ORGC Meeting


September ORGC Meeting

September Meeting Agenda

August ORGC Meeting

July ORGC Meeting

June ORGC Meeting

ORGC 6/16/2020 Meeting Agenda 

May ORGC Meeting

ORGC 5/19/2020 Meeting Agenda

May ORGC Meeting

ORGC 4/22/2020 Meeting Agenda