Fishing at Reed-Bingham
DNR sampled and released fish at Reed Bingham State Park (Adel) recently, including this large-mouth bass. Fishing for shellcrackers, specks, crappie and catfish is excellent. The park's 375-acre lake is popular with boaters and skiers, plus paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks.
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Recently, Region II-Gainesville Rangers responded to a hunting incident in Jackson County where a 17-year-old male accidentally shot himself with a .22 caliber rifle while squirrel hunting. The victim was entering his Bad Boy Buggy when he accidentally bumped the rifle while holding the stock. The gun discharged, striking him in the right foot. He was transported to the Barrow County Medical Center for treatment.
On January 22nd and 23rd, as winter storm Jonas moved through Georgia, LED Rangers across the north and central areas of the State, along with WRD and Parks personnel, assisted local agencies with traffic and other public safety activities. Traffic Strike Teams, which included personnel from DNR LED, GSP, DOT, and GFC, worked routes in Metro Atlanta. Nearly 50 LED Rangers were deployed for storm duty.
1/25 - Staff attended and chaired a public hearing on behalf of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Topics discussed included a potential requirement that federally-permitted saltwater fishing guides be required to use electronic logbooks and report their catch weekly. Of the approximately 150 saltwater fishing guides in Georgia, 32 have federal permits.
1/26 - Staff met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Savannah District staff and representatives from EPD to discuss coordination of state and federal environmental regulatory activities in the coastal zone.
Coastal Incentive Grant applications for the 2016-2017 cycle were due on January 22, 2016. CRD received 24 applications; 14 applications from 5 academic institutions and 10 applications from local governments.
A total of 655 fish (tripletail, red drum, and black drum) were tagged during 2015 by 31 anglers who participate in the Cooperative Angler Tagging Project. During 2015, anglers reported the capture of 29 tagged fish.
Historic Preservation Division archaeologists, and Division Director Dave Crass, are attending the annual 'Weekend for Wildlife' fundraiser at Sea Island.
The American shad run in the Altamaha River is in full swing and staff tagged approximately thirty fish since the season began on January 1, 2016. The tagged fish will help develop a population estimate of American shad returning to spawn this year.
Todd Schneider, with assistance from temporary wildlife technician Allison Gordy and several volunteers, surveyed Moody Forest WMA and Townsend WMA for Henslow’s sparrows. About a dozen Henslow’s were seen at Moody Forest, five of which were captured and banded; one of the birds was a recapture from 2015. Todd’s team also caught a Bachman’s sparrow, a rare species, and a grasshopper sparrow. At Townsend WMA they counted over 40 Henslow’s sparrows, capturing and banding 31 of them. Two additional captured birds were recaptures banded last year.
Botany staff and interns attended the 2016 Native Plant Symposium: Planting Prairies: Creating, Conserving, and Restoring Georgia’s Grasslands. The one-day conference was held at the State Botanical Garden in Athens. Talks featured efforts to restore native grassland and promoted use of native plants in restoration and management especially by prescribed fire and control of invasives.
1/26 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – A large crowd supported Tourism, Hospitality and the Arts Day at the Capitol including Rep. Ron Stevens and Governor Deal. The Governor was presented with a “large check” in the amount of $3 billion representing the state and local tax dollars generated by tourism-related industries in 2015. The Georgia Department of Economic Development will use Georgia’s musical heritage to promote tourism during 2016.
With Valentine’s Day on a weekend this year PRHSD is promoting last minute availabilities, winter specials, gift cards, and engagement/wedding photo sharing on Facebook and Instagram.