F.D. Roosevelt State Park manager makes Top 40 under 40 List
Desmond Timmons, manager of F.D. Roosevelt State Park, was recently honored in Georgia Trend Magazine as one of 40 men and women who were chosen for their outstanding work and leadership in the state of Georgia. In the article, they are called “the state’s best and brightest”. To be included on this prestigious list, you have to be nominated by readers across the state and then final selections are made by the Georgia Trend editorial staff. DNR is so very proud to have him! Please congratulate Desmond as he is so very deserving of this honor.
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016, AT LAKE BLACKSHEAR RESORT, CORDELE, GA:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS BE HELD AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Wildlife Resources Division
WRD staff have been activated and deployed to assist in fighting wildfires in north Georgia. So far, we have committed to 24 staff for a 2 week deployment.
Burning ban continues on all state properties.
Walton Office greenhouse was installed the week of November 7th. This project was funded by Yamaha Motor Corporation and GA DNR Fisheries, and will be used for aquatic plant propagation for state-wide fish habitat enhancement.
Parks Recreation & Historic Sites
Nov. 25 – #OptOutside on Black Friday is an initiative of REI to get people outdoors on the day after Thanksgiving. Numerous hikes and programs across the system are being offered to encourage outdoor recreation.
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24 – Earn a $5 gift card for every $50 spent on gift cards during this time period.
Dec. 1 – A Winter Promotion launches with 50% off RV, tent, and equestrian camping and $25 off weekday yurt stays. Certain restrictions apply. The offer ends Jan 31, 2017.
Upcoming conservation hunts will take place:
Dec. 2 – 3 at Tugaloo
Dec. 6 - 7 at Fort Yargo
Dec. 13 – 14 at Chattahoochee Bend
Due to wildfire danger a full burn ban has been issued for nearly all parks until further notice. This means no open fires. Covered gas/propane grills are allowed. Reservations at these parks may be cancelled or transferred to another date without incurring fees. A full listing is on GaStateParks.org.
Law Enforcement Division
On November 11th, Region IV-Macon Rangers responded to a hunting incident with a shooting fatality in Jasper County. The initial information suggested that as the shooter attempted to retrieve a loaded rifle from a vehicle, the firearm discharged. The victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the abdominal area. The investigation is still underway by DNR LED CIRT.
On November 13th, Rangers from Region 5-Albany responded to a hunting incident in Dooly County. Upon arrival, they determined a 55-year-old male had been shot in the lower abdomen/hip area with a .270 rifle. It appears that as the victim was retrieving his firearm from the case, a second firearm, stored in the same case, discharged. The subject was airlifted to Macon for medical treatment. CIRT is investigating.
On November 7th, Rangers from Region III-Thomson responded to a hunting deer at night in progress call in Hancock County. The Rangers located the individuals and observed as they unloaded two deer from their vehicle. After talking with the subjects, they admitted to shooting both deer from a field with the aid of headlights. The gun and deer were seized as evidence and citations were issued for hunting deer at night and hunting from a motor vehicle. The two deer were donated to Hunters for the Hungry.
Coastal Resources Division
Staff co-hosted the Brunswick-Glynn Disaster Recovery Support Function meetings for Community Planning, Economic Development, Health and Social Services, Housing, Infrastructure, Natural and Cultural Resources and Volunteers Active in Disasters. These meetings are part of an ongoing effort to have a disaster recovery plan in place for all 11 coastal zone counties.
Staff with the Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Unit and Shellfish and Water Quality Unit attended the 18th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration in Charleston, S.C.
Commissioner Johnson and several members of the DOAS team visited the Coastal Regional Headquarters to learn about the DNR presence along the Georgia coast. They were provided an overview of DNR facilities and programs, a report on Hurricane Matthew response activities, a guided tour of the Earth Day Nature Trail, and a demonstration of the Ecological Monitoring Trawl Survey conducted onboard the Research Vessel Anna.
Dr. Chris Greer, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Georgia College, participated in several field activities to collect video footage and content for an electronic text book about the natural and cultural resources of Georgia. The project is being sponsored by Apple Inc.
Historic Preservation Division
HPD Staff made site visits to review a pair of Georgia Heritage Grant projects. Staff visited the Polk County Courthouse, located in City of Cedartown – which received a $7,500 matching grant to be used to produce a conditions assessment report for the stately Neoclassical Revival building built in 1935 – and the North Alexander School, in Washington – which received $16,000 for repair/rehabilitation of the N. Alexander School bell tower.