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!
- 2015 Holiday Schedule
- Beneficiary Update Flyer
- Health Insurance Marketplace Notice
- SHBP Contract Change
- SHBP Enrollment Portal Flyer
- LE Weekly Operations
- 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 14 - HPD and GDOT staff participated in a site visit and public information open house to evaluate proposed streetscape improvements and interpretative signage within the National-Register-Listed Pleasant Hill Historic District in Macon, GA.
August 19 - Staff attended and presented at the statewide Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Training in Decatur. DDA Training is organized by the Georgia Municipal Association and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA.
August 21 - HPD will sponsor a statewide Historic Preservation Commission Training as part of the Georgia Downtown Conference in Decatur. This will be HPDs fourth co-sponsored HPC Training with the Georgia Downtown Association and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. For more information please see:
August 27 - HPD staff will join partners at the Fox Theatre Institute, University of Georgia-College of Environment & Design and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for presentations from summer UGA CED Graduate Student Interns. The program will take place at The Center in Covington, Georgia and topics discussed will be Historic Theatres, National Register of Historic Places and Environmental Review.
Go Fish Education Center and Public Affairs staff installed an underwater HD camera in the center’s Piedmont Reservoir Exhibit tank. The cam will be used to live-stream video on the center’s website. An accompanying web page is being developed and the cam will be announced soon. Preview the stream at http://www.gofisheducationcenter.com/node/247 .
Botanist Tom Patrick joined Lisa Kruse and Delaware botanist Bill McAvoy on a search in southwest Georgia for a rare federal candidate grass known as Hirst Brothers’ panic grass. The grass was finally found in a wet savannah habitat in the drawdown zone of a private pond in Sumter County. The species had last been documented in Georgia in 1947. The newly discovered site has about 500 individuals. Georgia now has the largest known population in the world of Hirst Brothers’ panic grass.
Fisheries staff completed standardized electrofishing for catfish on the lower Chattahoochee River. Data will be used to analyze catfish population trends and health to make fishing recommendations.
9/27 – Paradise Public Fishing Area in Berrien County will hold an Outdoor Adventure Day/JAKES Day – Kids Fishing Event 7:30 a.m.-noon.
Aug 16 - The Governor had a staff family-day picnic at Smithgall Woods with fun outdoor events and good food. The event was a combined effort by DNR including Parks, WRD, LED and NGMA.
Aug. 19 – PRHSD members of the Search and Rescue Central Squad participated in a Swift Water Awareness Training session at Sweetwater Creek State Park.
Aug 26 – Time Team America is a PBS series that combines archaeological discovery with storytelling. Camp Lawton at Magnolia Springs will be one of 4 new episodes that will be explored through the eyes and ears of a team of adventurous archaeologists. The cast looks for the original site of the camp, finds buried artifacts and explains what story they tell of the experiences of the prisoners once held there. The Camp Lawton episode airs on August 26 at 9 p.m. EST on GPB.
There are reports of increased bear activity at Fort Mountain this year although there has been less interaction with visitors compared to last year.
A contract is being signed with a vendor to handle weddings and events at Wormsloe and possibly Fort King George Historic Sites. It is expected that the contract will improve return on investment and customer service at these 2 locations.
Recently, DNR Aviation Unit attended the City of Lilburn’s National Night Out event. Over 3,000 citizens attended and the pilots were able showcase the equipment and educate the public on the numerous activities of LE Rangers and the Aviation Unit. Upon arrival, they coordinated a formation flyover with GSP and then landed for a static display. They exited the event with another formation flyover.
On August 11th, Region III-Thomson Rangers, along with South Carolina DNR, responded to a missing boater complaint on the Savannah River below the dam. We located the boater on the river on the SC side. During the investigation, officers found that the subject was wanted in Georgia and South Carolina on outstanding warrants. The subject was also found in possession of meth. He was committed to the Edgefield County Jail on the outstanding warrants as well as warrants obtained by SC DNR.
Region VI-Metter LE Rangers and one DNR Game Management Officer responded to a drowning on August 14th on the Oconee River at the Hwy 280 Bridge in Wheeler County. Witnesses said an 18-19-year-old male was swimming and went under. Within a few hours, the Rangers using drag equipment, recovered the subject’s body and turned it over to the Wheeler County coroner.
On the night of August 14th, Region VI-Metter Rangers were called by Bulloch County SO to assist with the search for a missing 58-year-old male with health issues. Friends and family reported that he was suicidal. The Rangers continued the search the next morning at the Go Bar Landing area on the Ogeechee River with vessels and ATVs. The missing person was found deceased in Bulloch County from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee/Shore Protection Committee met to deliberate about four Shore Protection Act permit applications. Three applications were approved and one was tabled for future consideration following consultation with CRD and WRD staff.
Staff met with the Finfish Advisory Panel to review results of the online survey which asked questions about spotted seatrout harvest regulations. Over 3,600 individuals responded to the survey.
In partnership with the Aviation Support Unit, staff conducted annual aerial fly-overs of eight northern inshore artificial reef sites to determine the condition of the material and require signage.