DNR Facebook Page
Georgia DNR is now on Facebook! We encourage you all to “like” and follow our page. We’ll be sharing information about what each Division is up to and encouraging our followers to get outdoors!
Coastal Resources Division:https://www.facebook.com/CoastalGaDNR
Historic Preservation Division: https://www.facebook.com/georgiashpo
Law Enforcement Division: https://www.facebook.com/gadnrle
Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division: https://www.facebook.com/georgiastateparks
Wildlife Resources Division: https://www.facebook.com/WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR
The next DNR Board meetings will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 21-22, 2015, in the DNR Board Room:
· NGMA meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
· Committee meetings will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
· Board meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Nearly 1 million walleye fry were stocked this week into rearing ponds at three state hatcheries – Walton, Summerville and Burton. Walleye will be harvested from these ponds in one month when they reach a size of 1-inch long and will be stocked into several north Georgia reservoirs.
Thanks to the new Cabela's Acworth and Augusta locations, Georgia residents can enter to win a Georgia sporting package! Free sportsman’s license, Cabela’s gear and Zac Brown tickets are up for grabs. Like us on Facebook and fill out the entry form for your chance to win.
211 occupied bald eagle nesting territories were detected this season, up from 187 last year – a 12% increase. One hundred seventy one successful nests produced 272 eaglets, up from 149 and 236 last year. 20 new nesting territories, and 62 counties have at least one nest.
April 6 – Director Kelley represented DNR and Governor Deal at a meeting at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in connection with a call for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the National Park Service Centennial celebration launch of the Find Your Park campaign.
April 8 – An incident at High Falls State Park involving an armed robbery at a nearby Dollar General store was resolved quickly and the suspects apprehended thanks to LED Rangers and K-9, PRHSD staff, and local counties’ Sheriff’s Officers.
April 21 – 5 – 7 p.m. – A public meeting will be held regarding the Alexander Lake Dam at Panola Mountain State Park.
In partnership with a third party vendor, Fort McAllister State Park is now offering fishing charter/cottage stay packages as well as a beachcombing/birding/wildlife tour and a sunset boat tour.
On March 31st, Region VII-Brunswick Rangers, along with officers from Savannah Metro, responded to a boat incident at the Kings Ferry Boat Ramp near Savannah. Witnesses reported that a jet ski over turned and another jet ski trying to assist also overturned. Two adult males, one adult female, an infant and a baby were rescued from the water and transported to the Kings Ferry Boat Ramp. The infant, who was having breathing difficulties, was taken to Memorial Hospital.
On April 3rd, Region V-Albany Rangers responded to a two-boat incident on Lake Blackshear in which one boat with a single operator struck another boat with one adult and two juveniles aboard. The adult in the second boat was able to push the juveniles into the floor of their boat before the collision, which knocked him into the water. Everyone involved only sustained minor bruising. The operator of the first boat was cited for failure to regulate speed.
On April 1st, Command Staff and Rangers from Headquarters and Region I-Calhoun joined First Lady Sandra Deal and the Georgia Children’s Cabinet in the North Wing of the State Capitol for this year’s kick off SPLASH, the state’s water safety campaign. First Lady Deal, Commissioner Mark Williams and others provided remarks on the importance of water safety. During the event Rangers handed out helpful water safety materials, particularly on boating safety and the importance of wearing life jackets. The SPLASH acronym stands for: Supervision, Prevention, Look before you leap, Arms-length, Swim Lessons, and Have a water safety plan.
Staff deployed 40 spat sticks at an oyster reef restoration test area adjacent to the dock at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters.
Staff attended a USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Project Leaders Course held at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters. Staff from WRD and the USFWS also participated. The two-day course provided information on USFWS grant development and management. DNR receives several million dollars annually in USFWS grants.
Staff chaired the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Advisory Panel meeting in North Charleston. Items of discussion included updating the Ecosystem Based Management Plan for federally-managed fish and invertebrate species.
Staff presented the Georgia Coastal and Marine Project at the Coastal Geotools Conference in Charleston, S.C. The biannual conference is hosted by NOAA to showcase emerging technologies related to coastal planning. The presentation discussed the web mapping service platform being developed for offshore wind energy planning in Coastal Georgia. The Coastal Resources Division is working closely with the Georgia Tech Center for GIS and NOAA to develop custom web-based applications for planning in the offshore environment.
April 10-11: In partnership with the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commission, HPD will hold a two-day Historic Preservation Commission Training in Dahlonega.
April 17-19: Staff will participate in a design charrette with faculty and graduate students from UGA at Boggs Academy in Burke County.