Field Manager's Day
Commissioner Mark Williams welcomes participants in Field Manager's Day during the June 25th Board Meeting.
Pictured Left to Right: Kate Hargrove, Jim Page, Valarie Ikhwan, Chairman Ray Lambert, Jennifer Dixon and Commissioner Mark Williams.
NOTICE: THE DNR BOARD DOES NOT MEET IN JULY AND NOVEMBER!
The next DNR Board meetings will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday, August 25-26, 2015, in the DNR Boardroom.
June 27, 3 – 7 p.m. PRHSD staff will host a booth at the 5th Annual Great American Campout at the Outdoor Activity Center in Atlanta put on by the National Wildlife Federation, Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and USDA Forest Service. Other booths include Face Painting, Aquaponics Station, Geo-Caching, Guided Hikes, Zoo Atlanta, Keeping It Wild, Eco Addendum, Hop Skip & Serve, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Park Pride, Atlanta Audubon Society.
Bridal Veil Falls at Tallulah Gorge State Park has been nominated as a contender for “Best Swimming Hole” in the 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest being promoted by USA TODAY. Voters have four weeks to vote at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-swimming-hole/. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, July 20th. Winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, July 24th, then later on USA TODAY.
Registration is now open for the NPS Find Your Park Centennial Bike Ride on Aug 28-30, 2015 that includes Florence Marina, Providence Canyon, GA Vets and SAM Shortline in addition to Jimmy Carter and Andersonville National Historic Sites. http://www.activevalley.org/FindYourParkRide
Tallulah Gorge is once again open for rock climbing after the discovery of the Peregrine Falcon nest there. The falcons are still around and exploring but it has been deemed safe for climbing.
On June 16th, Rangers from Region VI-Metter were called to assist GSP after a car chase in Montgomery County, in which Sheriff Ladson O'Connor was killed. Toombs County deputies attempted to stop a suspected DUI driver but he fled into Montgomery County, where Sheriff O’Connor gave chase and, during the pursuit, was killed in a crash. Troopers picked up the chase and were fired upon multiple times. The suspect crashed and fled on foot. Rangers searched and cleared a large nearby hunting club with several shooting houses and box type stands, as well as a cabin. After a brief exchange of gunfire with GSP, the suspect was wounded and taken into custody. About 100 law enforcement officers from several agencies participated in the search.
On June 20th, Region VII-Brunswick Rangers responded to a boating incident on the St. Mary’s River at the US Hwy. 1 bridge south of Folkston. Once on scene, they discovered that a 19-year old male had swung from a rope swing attached to the bridge on the Florida side of the river and struck a moving vessel that was idling by. The victim was taken by medevac helicopter to the hospital for treatment of several broken bones. The case has been turned over to the Florida FWC.
On June 21st, Region I-Calhoun Rangers stopped a PWC on Allatoona Lake for operating after sunset. The operator was found to be under the influence and was transported back to the DNR boathouse, tested, and confirmed as BUI. The subject then attempted to elude the officers. A Ranger chased him into a wooded area where, after a struggle, they both went down an embankment and into the lake. He was subdued and turned over to a Bartow County Deputy. He is charged with BUI, obstruction, and operating a PWC after dark. It was later discovered that the suspect had an outstanding warrant in Bartow County.
Staff attended an Offshore Wind Energy Finance and Development Summit in New York, NY serving on a panel of representatives from Southeastern coastal states discussing efforts to prepare for wind farms in coastal and ocean waters.
Staff joined Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols in co-hosting the 5th annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Road Show on St. Simons Island. The Road Show featured a vehicle showcase of cars that operate on electric, compressed natural gas and propane. Panelists spoke about the benefits of each fuel type and their availability in the current market.
Staff attended a Georgia Shellfish Growers Association meeting to review several topics including the current status of the pilot oyster hatchery at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and oyster farming in Georgia.
Staff coordinated deployment of a 110-feet-long barge, 140 poultry transport cages, and four 40-feet-long concrete beams as the latest additions to Artificial Reef SAV – located six nautical miles southeast of Tybee Island at coordinates 31°55.198’N / 80°46.976’W.
Staff participated in the Chatham Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plan final update workshop hosted by Chatham Emergency Management Agency and Hagerty Consulting.
June 25-26: Staff will visit Georgia Centennial Farm Award recipients in Gwinnett, Barrow, Oglethorpe, and Wilkes counties.
Preservation planning is one of the core responsibilities of HPD under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. Each state is tasked with developing a preservation plan to guide statewide preservation efforts. Our current plan, Georgia's State Historic Preservation Plan 2012-2016: Partnering for Preservation, is available on our website here (PDF) and will take us through 2016. As such, we have started the process of updating the plan and one of the most important aspects of developing a preservation plan is to gather public input. We have prepared a short survey that is available online here. Please make your views known and opinions count by filling out the survey. In addition, if you have further comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently capturing and banding resident Canada Geese (who are molting) on public and private lands. This provides important biological data to estimate populations and monitor harvest and survival and is required to meet USFWS regulations and inform our regulatory recommendations.
John Jensen was an expert panelist on GPB’s “On Second Thought” radio show for an episode on snakes in Georgia that focused on the increase in snake observations in warm weather, what to do when encountering snakes, and general knowledge.
Staff worked with contractors to repair the dam at Clubhouse pond on Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. The pond is used for kids fishing and educational programs associated with summer camps on the area. Fortunately, the pond did not have to be completely drained to complete the repair and staff are now pumping water from the pond below to speed refilling. The fish population in the pond made it through the pond level lowering and are expected to bite kids hooks as soon as fishing resumes.