WRD Public Affairs Unit Wins 2 National Awards
Pictured left to right: Jenifer Hancock, Marketing & Communications Manager; Ryan Holt, Communications Designer;David Allen, Social Media Specialist
Wildlife Resources Division Public Affairs won 2 National Awards from the Association for Conservation Information, Inc., an organization of natural resource conservation communicators comprising of 39 state members and national organizations such as Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and the Nature Conservancy.
First place was awarded for graphic design for the 2014 Weekend for Wildlife logo designed by Ryan Holt and 2nd place was awarded for online community engagement (social media) to David Allen.
We thank these individuals for representing the Georgia Department of Natural Resources well on a national level!
- Beneficiary Update Flyer
- Health Insurance Marketplace Notice
- SHBP Contract Change
- SHBP Enrollment Portal Flyer
- LE Weekly Operations
- DCH Newsletters
- Georgia Wild E-Newsletter
- Jr. Ranger E-Newsletter
- Preservation Posts
- Georgia Sound Newsletter
- GA State Parks E-news
- SAO Mileage Update
NEXT BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014:
- COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M., IN THE DNR BOARD ROOM
- BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
August 1 – 3 – PRHSD will be participating in Georgia Wildlife Federation’s Buckarama at the Atlanta Expo Center. Times of the show are Friday 1pm - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Many “hot deals” have been developed for camping, cottage, and golf specials for summer and back to school. http://gastateparks.org/hotdeals. These deals will be promoted for free during August as value-added on Southern Living’s new traveler section on their web site at www.sltravelplanner.com.
Assistant Director Wally Woods attended the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Savannah.
On July 26th, Rangers in Region II-Gainesville responded to a request for assistance from Rabun County EMA with a plane crash site on Germany Mountain involving a single-engine aircraft with one person on board. The Rangers helped to get the deceased victim out of the woods and the next day, they shuttled NTSB and sheriff’s investigators and their equipment using our Polaris UTV until the plane was removed. The NTSB and representatives from the plane manufacturer took the plane to a location in Atlanta to finish their investigation.
Rangers in Region I-Calhoun responded on July 27th to a drowning at Allatoona Lake in the Allatoona Landing area. They received the call at 4:03 p.m. and were on scene by 4:13 p.m. The 26-year-old male victim drowned as he was swimming from shore chasing a float. His body was recovered at 4:34 p.m. by DNR units utilizing body drag equipment. Bartow County Fire, Rescue, and EMS also assisted.
On July 27, Region II-Gainesville Rangers, along with Hall County Sheriff’s Office personnel witnessed two PWCs (personal water craft) collide with one another on Lake Lanier in Flowery Branch Creek. While following one another, the front rider suddenly made a U-turn and collided head-on with the other, who was traveling approximately 20 to 30 mph. One rider was thrown from his craft. He was not wearing the cut-off switch and the PWC was still in operation turning circles at approximately 5 to 10 mph. After the officers determined that no one was injured, they used the patrol vessel to slow down the out of control PWC and were able to pull the kill switch. The ejected rider did not sustain any serious injuries and was cited for operating a PWC without an engine cut-off switch attached. The other rider was cited for operating a PWC above idle speed within 100’ of an object in the water.
Region IV-Macon Rangers responded to the drowning of a 13-year-old male who went down in the Chattahoochee River around the Riverwalk in Columbus on July 26th. The victim was in the river swimming and succumbed to the currents. Columbus Fire/EMS personnel recovered the body.
Staff participated in the Joint Annual Meeting of Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) with partners from the Gulf, South Atlantic and Caribbean fisheries agencies in San Juan, P.R. CRD receives SEAMAP funds for a shark and red drum population inventory survey.
On behalf of the Finfish Advisory Panel, staff released an online survey to gather public input on spotted seatrout regulations. The brief survey asks opinions about various aspects of seatrout management, including whether current length and daily creel limits should be changed and whether a “slot-limit” should be created. The public will have 30 days to participate in the survey. The results will be reported to the Finfish Advisory Panel at a meeting scheduled for August 20.
Staff and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program hosted a Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop to educate participants about the importance of water conservation and the basics of rainwater harvesting. Thirteen persons attended the workshop held at the Coastal Regional Headquarters.
Shellfish unit staff hosted representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an audit of the Georgia DNR Shellfish Fishery Management Program. This year, the FDA evaluated all of Georgia’s shellfish growing areas and also reviewed the Triennial Sanitary Survey Reevaluation Report for the 2011–2013 reporting period. The FDA also evaluated the updated full Comprehensive Sanitary Survey for McIntosh County for the 2004-2013 reporting period. The FDA imposes strict standards for water quality and the handling of shellfish to protect public health.
August 4 - Staff will present to the Dawsonville Mayor and Council about HPD Programs with a special focus on the Certified Local Government Program. Mr. Joe Rothwell, Preservation Planner at the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission will join the presentation and discussion.
August 5 - HPD staff will travel to Habersham County to visit the historic Habersham Mills, which is a potential tax incentives project.
This week a 20lb. 14oz. brown trout was caught on the Chattahoochee! With 2 state gamefish records broken and 1 tied so far this summer, what are you waiting for Go Fish Georgia!
Alligator season forecast ready. Today is the last day to apply for an alligator quota hunt!