Mary Kathryn Yearta named Director of Public and Governmental Affairs
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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
The 2014-2015 Hunting & Regulations publication has gone to press and will arrive at WRD offices and stores statewide by Aug. 1.
Fisheries Management Region V staff is conducting summer catfish standardized sampling on the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers. On July 18, staff will search the Ogeechee for robust redhorse.
Nongame's John Jensen and Jess McGuire helped UGA researchers find gopher tortoise nests at Reed Bingham State Park for a project to augment tortoise populations at below-capacity sites. The crew found and protected seven nests. The young will be reared offsite and released at Yuchi WMA next summer.
Gov. and Mrs. Deal took their grandchildren on a vacation to F.D. Roosevelt and Florence Marina state parks, staying overnight in cottages. They also took day trips to Roosevelt’s Little White House and Providence Canyon. The family seemed to have a great experience at our parks.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a large feature story about yurt camping. The writer, her family and friends visited Cloudland Canyon State Park to check out “glamping.” The article included numerous photos and was included in the newspaper’s e-mail marketing teasers, gaining valuable publicity for our yurts and the park.
Eight southern Georgia state parks are offering 50% discounts on late-summer camping. The promotion has received good publicity for PRHS and is helping fill campgrounds during a traditionally slow period. Details are at http://gastateparks.org/Summer-Camping.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site has expanded operating hours to five days per week, including Sunday. Additionally, arborists have completed work on Wormsloe Historic Site’s iconic Live Oak driveway.
Full Moon Kayak Tours are held during warmer months at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge. The next dates are August 8 and 9 at 8:30 p.m. Participants will join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. August and September feature exceptionally large "Super Moons.” Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
On July 9th, Rangers in Region VII – Brunswick responded to a report of illegal wildlife possession on St. Simons Island. A resident recently took an illegally-held raccoon to a veterinarian due to its behavior. It had been acting strangely and had bitten the homeowner more than once. The animal tested positive for rabies. During the course of this incident it was determined that there were other potentially-infected raccoons located in homes in the area, and beyond. LED is working with Glynn County and state health officials to notify people who may have been exposed to the infected animals and to locate additional raccoons. The investigation is ongoing.
Rangers in Region III-Thomson responded to a deer being shot late at night near the Watkinsville city limits. The 10-point buck was located alive but had to be euthanized due to its injuries. The deer had been shot out-of-season, from the roadside and at night. The investigation is continuing.
On July 11th, Rangers from Region III-Thomson responded to a call from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible body in Clarks Hill Lake near Chamberlains Ferry. Upon arrival a body was found floating face up with a foot caught on a tree root. The subject appeared to have been in the water for quite some time (possibly since the night before). The subject’s vehicle was found and contained prescription pills and alcohol. The investigation as to whether the death was a drowning or a suicide is still underway.
Rangers in Region IV-Macon responded on July 12th to a drowning in the Ocmulgee River near the Juliette boat ramp in Monroe County. Witnesses said a 48 year old male was on a tube, drifted over deep water, panicked and slipped off of the tube. He was a non-swimmer and was unable get to shallow water. Witnesses pulled the subject from the river and CPR was performed by them and by Monroe County EMS, but the subject could not be revived at the scene. He was transported to the Monroe County Hospital and was pronounced dead. LED Rangers notified next of kin.
Staff gave a presentation at the St Simons Island/Village Creek Eco-Lecture Series on water conservation, including rainwater harvesting and native plant growth along the Georgia Coast.
Staff hosted students from Georgia Military College for a talk on fishery management and a tour of the Coastal Regional Headquarters campus.
Staff conducted annual inshore reef compliance surveys at Ogeechee River, Joe's Cut and Halfmoon River using side scan sonar.
July 17 - HPD staff will participate in a site visit, along with staff of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, to visit the historic former Central State Hospital at Milledgeville, Baldwin County. A Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority has been created to work with the State Properties Commission to determine the best possible reuse of the entire tract of land. Here is a link to the agency: http://developcsh.com/
HPD Staff will be the guest lecturer at the Liberty County Historical Society on Tuesday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will be held at Dorchester Academy in Midway, and the public is invited.