The State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) is the official workplace giving campaign for state employees and the university system. The SCCP gives each of us an opportunity to be an instrument of positive change by supporting health, human services, environmental and educational charitable programs. DNR’s SCCP campaign runs from September 1-October 31, 2014 and the theme this year is “Looking Forward, Giving Back.”
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THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT THE AMICALOLA FALLS LODGE IN THE OAK HALL BALLROOM:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
· EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE LAND COMMITTEE WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE BOARD MEETING
· NGMA MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE LAND COMMITTEE
On September 1st, Region II-Gainesville Rangers responded to a boating incident involving two boats in the area of Sardis and Ada creeks on Lake Lanier. The first boat was travelling south, coming out of Ada Creek when it impacted the second, which was stationary near the mouth of the creek. The operator of the second boat received a severe head laceration and was transported to N.E. Ga. Medical Center for surgery. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the incident and the case is still under investigation.
Region II-Gainesville Rangers responded on September 1st to a two-boat incident on Lake Hartwell near Hartwell Marina. A pontoon was towing a tube with children when it collided with a ski boat. The pontoon was at fault. Two females were transported to Ty Cobb Memorial Hospital in Lavonia. One female received seven stitches to her chin and the other female had a cut to the left side of her head. Both are expected to fully recover. Charges are pending on the pontoon operator.
Region II-Gainesville Rangers responded to drowning in Big Creek on Lake Lanier on September 1st. A 49-year-old female dove off the back of a 54’ cabin cruiser and didn’t resurface. Rangers, along with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, searched with side scan and sector scan sonar through September 3rd and as they were preparing to begin searching again on September 4th, a 911 call came in reporting a body floating in Holiday Marina. The body of the female was recovered soon after receiving the call.
On September 6th, opening day of the 2014 dove hunting season, Region III-Thomson Rangers responded to hunting incident in Lincoln County where a 28-year-old male attempted to remove dirt/debris from his shotgun barrel while dove hunting. During the process he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his left index finger. It was determined that he was not under the influence of any intoxicant and he was transported to a hospital in Augusta for treatment.
Director Woodward attended a meeting of the NOAA Fisheries leadership and directors of state marine fish management agencies from across the United States. Topics discussed included coordination of state and federal funding priorities in the NOAA budget, implementation of the Endangered Species Act, NOAA's draft National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy, and federal marine fisheries enforcement.
Staff participated in the annual meeting of the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance. The GSAA is an organization designed to collaboratively address coastal and ocean issues of mutual interest to NC, SC, GA and FL. Work groups reported on their progress to date to address issues and needs in four priority areas: working waterfronts; clean coastal and ocean waters; disaster resilient communities; and healthy ecosystems. Work plans for the upcoming year were developed. Commissioner Williams, a GSAA Steering Group member, also participated in the meeting.
The Jove Creek inshore artificial reef site in Glynn County near Intracoastal Waterway Marker 238 was enhanced with the addition of concrete power pole sections and steel bulk container frames.
September 3 – 5 – Staff attended the Workshop on Programmatic Approaches to Management of Department of Defense Cold War Mission Properties in Washington DC at the National Building Museum, which houses the offices of the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation. Many ideas were discussed on how to address the DOD’s Section 106 responsibilities in regards to Cold War properties dating from 1945 to 1991, with the top ideas being developed further. A summary of these ideas will be presented to the DOD for backing and financing in order to eliminate case-by-case Section 106 reviews and save time, effort, and money.
Sept 9 -10 - Staff will make site visits to Georgia Centennial Farms in Putnam, Screven, Tattnall, Bacon, and Coffee counties.
Staff will give a presentation on equalization school adaptive reuse to the Butler-Baker Alumni Project, Inc. on Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Eatonton, Putnam County.
Archery season starts Sept. 13th are you ready? Here is the forecast.
First annual Bat Blitz was held at Black Rock Mountain State Park as part of a national effort to survey bats during the same week. Almost 60 participants from agencies and private organizations successfully netted 18 sites. A count of captures is 123 bats with 99 red bats, 9 big brown bats, 6 small-footed bats, 5 tri-colored bats, 3 hoary bats and one northern long-eared bat (a federal candidate species).
3,200 lake sturgeon released in the Conasauga. See the post here.
Sept 2 – 5 - Director Kelley and Assistant Director Woods attended the National Association of State Park Directors conference.
Sept. 3 – 5 PRHSD, SAM Shortline, and Friends of GSPHS staff attended the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Governor’s Tourism Conference. This year’s Paul Nelson Award for Outdoor Recreation and Preservation went to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau for the “Whitewater Columbus” campaign.
Sept. 9 - Marketing and Region 2 headquarters staff met with counterparts in the Florida State Park system to discuss cross-promotion of coastal Georgia state parks and historic fort sites. This type of partnership has the potential to be a model for expanding relationships and cross-promotion with other contiguous SE states.
Oct. 2 – A public meeting concerning the upcoming construction of High Falls Dam will be held at the Group Shelter at High Falls at 6:00 pm.
A Senate Leadership coastal trip included a stop at Fort King George State Historic Site where costumed rangers fired a cannon from within the blockhouse and provided a tour of the fort. The group then traveled to Sapelo Island for an island tour followed by dinner and overnight at Reynolds Mansion.