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 – November 15, 2015 and the theme this year is “Ready, Set, GIVE!”
The SCCP gives every state employee an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of others by donating to any of the over 1,300 charities available. You have a real choice in where your donation goes. Follow your passion or support a cause that resonates with you personally. As in years past, employees have the option to donate online through online pledging or by completing a paper pledge form. In selecting the payroll deduction option, you will be able to effectively budget your donation through its incremental deductions and ensure charities are receiving a continual cash flow throughout the year. For as little as $1 per month, you can make a difference. Now, more than ever, charities need our help.
For more information on the SCCP program, information is available on the DNR Intranet at http://dnrnet.dnr.state.ga.us/state_charitable_contribution_program.
THE NEXT BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25-26, 2015, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, AT 1:00 P.M.
· NGMA MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
· BOARD MEETING WILL HELD ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, AT 9:00 A.M.
Chief of Marine Fisheries, Pat Geer, attended the summer meeting of Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in Alexandria, VA and chaired the South Atlantic Board where management of species of interest to Georgia anglers, including spot, Atlantic croaker, Spanish mackerel, red drum, and spotted seatrout, was discussed.
Staff attended a meeting of the Savannah Sport Fishing Club to present updates on oyster reef restoration and artificial reef enhancements projects and to discuss the possible siting of a new beach reef off Savannah.
Staff attended the Golden Isles King Mac Attack tournament held on St. Simons Island on August 8-9 to collect tissue samples from king mackerel to be analyzed by EPD as part of ongoing monitoring of contaminants in saltwater fish species. The results of these analyses are used to update the fish consumption guidelines.
Through a grant from NOAA, staff hosted the Brantley County Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plan stakeholder kick-off meeting. State Representative Chad Nimmer provided opening remarks to over 50 participants representing a broad range of interests. Brantley County is the second county in Georgia to go through this planning process. At the completion of the project, the plan will be used as the framework for the State of Georgia Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plan. The creation of the Georgia Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plan was mandated in an Executive Order issued by Governor Deal in January 2013.
8/10: Staff presented a public presentation regarding the National Register of Historic Places to a neighborhood in Macon.
8/11: HPD was represented at the Georgia Natural Resources Board meeting at Sweetwater Creek State Park.
8/14: HPD staff attended a Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions board meeting at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission in Macon.
8/14: Staff attended Downtown Development Authority meetings on Jekyll Island.
Alligator Season Forecast - Alligator Season opens at sunset on Friday, August 14th and will continue through sunrise on Monday, October 5th for selected alligator quota applicants.
Perry Buckarama is this Friday through Sunday
Bald Eagle to be released-Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM - A rehabilitated juvenile bald eagle will be released at Paradise Public Fishing Area (PPFA). The eagle was found near the Tift and Irwin county lines. The eagle had not sustained a physical injury, but was extremely malnourished and near death. The bird was successfully rehabilitated at Auburn University’s Raptor Center. The public is welcome to attend the release.
Substantial Increase in Etowah Darter! In cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, Kennesaw State University, and Corblu Ecology Group, WRD annual monitoring in Raccoon Creek. We were very happy to document a substantial increase in catch rates of the federally endangered Etowah Darter (over 90 collected); catch rates for this species have hovered near zero since 2011.
Aug 1, 2015 – July31, 2016- AmeriCorps members have started training for their assignments in park programming and resource management for the next year. On Sept.1 after their training, the 15 members will be assigned to 4 parks:
· Fort McAllister serving Wormsloe and Skidaway Island;
· Crooked River serving Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island and Stephen C. Foster;
· Fort Morris serving Howfyl-Broadfield Planation and Fort King George;
· Red Top Mountain serving Etowah Indian Mounds, Pickett’s Mill, New Echota, Chief Vann House, and Sweetwater Creek.
This is moving week for new headquarters offices at Panola Mountain. All HQ operations will begin in the new location on Monday, August 17.
On August 9th, Region I-Calhoun Rangers responded to a boat incident on Allatoona Lake in Cherokee County. A wake boarder had been struck by another vessel in the area of Blankets Creek in Little River. The 24-year-old male victim suffered a cut to the right side of his head. He refused EMS and was taken to a local hospital by friends. The operator of the striking vessel stated that he was running upstream and did not see the victim in the water. He was charged with violating the 100' foot law.
While patrolling Lake Oconee On August 8th, Rangers from Region III-Thomson observed two people illegally taking game and non-game fish. The violators had caught a total of 67 fish using cast nets and gill nets. The officers confiscated the fish and the nets and charged the individuals accordingly. The fish were donated to a needy family in the area.
Recently, Rangers from Region VI-Metter received a call from Montgomery County 911 concerning three tubers on the Oconee River who had come to a heavily congested stump and log jam down river of State Route 46 bridge and were trapped. The Rangers responded by vessel over stumps, log jams, and sandbars, making their way to the three males aged 12, 24, and 26 and were able to safely transported them back to the State Route 46 landing.