Office of Human Resources Recognized for Performance
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY-WEDNESDSAY, JUNE 28-29, 2016, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 1:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016
BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
NGMA MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE BOARD MEETING
Fisheries staff, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are stocking 75,000 catchable trout across 25 north Georgia counties this week. The stocking effort anticipates the heavy fishing pressure expected over Memorial Day weekend.
The annual turkey poult production survey begins June 1 and continues through August. The statewide survey provides an annual index used to evaluate wild turkey productivity, yielding data that helps biologists understand annual population changes and make hunting season forecasts.
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and Georgia Project WILD hosted the International Project WILD Coordinators Conference last week, a five-day event that drew 36 people from as far as Puerto Rico and Japan. Participants learned about Georgia’s wildlife diversity and outdoor skills such as shooting, archery and canopy research – plus the latest on Project WILD guides and correlations. Afterward, Arkansas’ Project WILD coordinator said, “I have been to all 26 of the International Project WILD Coordinator conferences and this one was the best of them all.”
June 4 – A new Tails on Trails Club launches to encourage hikers to bring their dogs to our parks. Similar to other activity clubs such as Canyon Climbers, Muddy Spokes and Park Paddlers, customers pay a $15 membership fee, hike at the seven participating parks and get their membership cards punched. Upon completion they receive a Tails on Trails tee-shirt and a matching bandana for their dog.
June 7, 6 pm – 8 pm – A Public Meeting for input on planning for Standing Boy Creek State Park in Columbus will be held at the City Services Center, Community Room, located at 3111 Citizens Way.
There is a Memorial Week special offer of 40 % off camping and 20% off cottages, cabins and yurts for visitors who extend their stay from Monday, May 30 through Thursday, June 2.
An 85th Anniversary special summer discount promotion is being offered for 50% off camping in August for any visitor staying a 2-night minimum at any overnight accommodation in June and July.
On May 17th, Rangers from Region VII-Brunswick responded to a call of two missing boaters who put in at Champney River Boat Ramp in McIntosh County the previous day. Their float plan had them going fishing to a reef off St Simons Island. One of the boaters was rescued by the US Coast Guard and the search continues for the other boater.
On May 18th, Region IV-Macon Rangers and a deputy from the Heard County Sheriff’s Office presented programs to over 400 students at Heard County Middle School. They educated the students on boating, water, swimming and ATV safety so it will be fresh on their minds as they are released for summer break.
On May 19th, Region III-Thomson Rangers attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for Camp Lakeside with DNR Board Member Duncan Johnson and his wife Kaci. Camp Lakeside is a collaborated effort of the Family Y (YMCA) of Greater Augusta and The Children's Hospital of Georgia (CHOG) ensuring that children of all abilities have access to life-changing outdoor recreation and therapeutic programs.
On May 21st, Rangers from Region II-Gainesville responded to a one-vessel incident on Lake Lanier. Upon arrival it was determined that a 19-year-old male fell out of the boat during a turn and was run over by the boat. The victim’s left leg was amputated at the ankle and his right leg had severe lacerations. He was flown to Grady Hospital for treatment. There were eight people on the boat, all had been drinking, and all were under the age of 21. The boat operator was arrested for BUI.
Staff hosted a participatory mapping workshop with the Nature Conservancy to identify areas in coastal waters being utilized for recreational activities.
Staff participated in a National Essential Fish Habitat Summit held in Annapolis, MD. The 20th Anniversary of EFH brought habitat experts from around the country together to discuss the past, present and future of EFH designations.
Staff met with the Shrimp Advisory Panel to present information from recent shrimp population sampling and to seek advice about the date to open Georgia’s territorial waters to the harvest of food shrimp. The panel recommended Wednesday, June 1, 2016 as the opening date. Staff concurred, and that recommendation will be made to Commissioner Williams.
Division Director Dave Crass visited Hardman Farm Historic Site with Commissioner Williams and his staff to look at the progress being made in site development. The Italianate main residence (1870) is looking great --original (now conserved and stabilized) valances are going back up and period rugs are down. The new parking lot will be virtually invisible from the site once plants are installed. Kudos to our partners in Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites Division, North Georgia Mountains Authority, and our Engineering and Construction for such great work!
HPD Staff reviewed a Transportation Enhancement (TE) project in DeKalb County, along Memorial Drive from Moreland Ave to Candler Rd. It was a sidewalk improvement project, so new sidewalks and crosswalks.