Jane Lu, an Environmental Compliance Specialist with the Watershed Protection Branch of of DNR's Environmental Protection Division, has earned her certification as a Master Beekeeper by the Young Harris College and University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute. Jane is one of only 33 Master Beekeepers who have completed this program, and one of only 22 Master Beekeepers who live in Georgia.
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NOTICE: THE DNR BOARD DOES NOT MEET IN JULY AND NOVEMBER!!!
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
On the evening of June 18th, the LE Division's Aviation Unit was requested to lift an injured 14 year old hiker with multiple broken bones from Tallulah Gorge. The pilot, with assistance from a Ranger from Region II-Gainesville, who is trained as an Aerial Observer, responded and were able to successfully execute the rescue. The Aviation Unit regularly trains with the Parks Division, local fire and rescue personnel and the Region II LE Rangers to be able to navigate the very tight confines of the Gorge, where the helicopter’s rotors are often just feet from the Gorge walls.
Rangers in Region I-Calhoun and Region II-Gainesville, WRD Game Management and Parks Division personnel, along with Georgia State Patrol were called to assist local law enforcement with the search for a missing elderly male in Gilmer County. He reportedly has Alzheimer's and was reported missing Sunday, June 15th. On Wednesday, June 18th, the subject was located. He did not appear to have any injuries or any other issues.
Commissioner Mark Williams and Col. Eddie Henderson, along with several LED Rangers joined Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal at the SPLASH Water Safety Event in Atlanta on June 16th. The event targeted state employees and approximately 100 attended. The Rangers displayed a patrol vessel and various life jackets as they educated the attendees on water safety and the new boater education law. SPLASH is an acronym for Supervision, Prevention, Look before you leap, Arm-length, Swim lessons and Have a water safety plan.
Last week (June 15-20), 29 LED Rangers, as part of the Georgia Counter-Terrorism Task Force, teamed up with personnel from GEMA/Homeland Security, GBI, Georgia National Guard and Georgia State Patrol in a counter-terrorism field training exercise at the Guardian Center in Perry. The training was designed to help law enforcement and support personnel better detect, prevent, protect against, and respond to terrorist threats and attacks targeting the State’s critical infrastructure. During this exercise, there numerous simulated terrorist attacks. Participants followed intelligence and investigative “leads” to test command, control, coordination and communications. As the scenarios unfolded, protective-security, detection, deterrence and counter-surveillance tactics were exercised.
This week, Rangers in Regions I, II and VII worked these drowning cases:
Rangers assigned to Region I-Calhoun responded to a drowning call near the Tanyard Creek boat ramp at approximately 8:30 p.m. on June 21st. Several people were swimming together and jumping off of a “tube” in about 14 feet of water without life jackets. Rangers, along with Bartow Fire and Rescue located the body of a 27-year-old male with drag equipment and recovered the subject at 8:54 p.m. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office also responded.
Rangers in Region II-Gainesville responded to a drowning in a private pond in Towns County. The 2-year- old victim was recovered and the incident is being investigated by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.
Just after 1:00 p.m. on June 22nd, Region VII-Brunswick Rangers responded to a drowning at a borrow pit off State Route 99 in Glynn County. Several teenagers were swimming in the pit when one began to struggle and went down. Glynn County EMS recovered the victim.
Staff hosted a public hearing for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters to notify the public of upcoming changes to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Croaker and Spot.
Staff gave presentations on ‘Abandoned and Derelict Vessels’ and ‘Ghost Crab Traps in Coastal Georgia’ at the NOAA 2014 Marine Debris Conference in Charleston, SC.
Staff hosted a Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop for 15 participants at the Sapelo Island Visitors Center. Participants learned the importance of water conservation and the basics of rainwater harvesting. Each participant constructed a rain barrel to take home and install.
Staff hosted an oyster shell bagging event at the Coastal Regional Headquarters. Ten volunteers from Pulaski First United Methodist Church bagged 41 bags of recycled oyster shells in one hour.
June 24 – 27 - Staff made site visits to Jeff Davis Historic Site to conduct an artifact inventory and condition report and to General Coffee State Park to discuss artifact conservation concerns and historic building condition.
June 25 - Staff made a site visit to the Weil Cottage on Tybee Island, which will be presented at the next meeting of the Georgia National Register Review Board.
June 26 - Staff made a site visit to Triple J Farm in Effingham County, a 2014 Georgia Centennial Family Farm.
Staff will attend the Georgia Historical Society historic marker dedication for First Bryan Baptist Church in Savannah on Sunday, June 29th at 12:30 p.m. The church is located at 575 W. Bryan Street in Savannah and the public is invited.
Staff will participate in the City of Oxford July 4th parade on a float to commemorate the Oxford Rosenwald School.
Nongame’s Brett Albanese met with Georgia DOT, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and consultants to discuss using infiltration trenches to treat stormwater from GDOT bridges and approach roads. The structures are designed to slow water velocity, remove sediments and reduce thermal impacts associated with more traditional drainage structures such as open concrete flumes. We have recommended use of these structures for two bridge replacement projects on Brasstown Creek, a high-priority stream containing Georgia’s only population of sicklefin redhorse.
Hunter Development Program staff held a Youth Hunter Education Challenge for Boy Scouts at Camp Rainey Mountain, teaching firearms safety and rifle marksmanship to 18 youths and four adults.
July 26 – PRHSD staff attended a planning meeting for Healthy Parks Healthy People. The National Park Service (NPS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are co-hosting the Second Healthy Parks Healthy People International Congress and EXPO in Atlanta July 19-23, 2015, with the theme: Parks at Hand for a Healthy Future. This Congress is the same event that was originally planned in Atlanta for summer 2014 but re-scheduled.