Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Award
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY-WEDNESDSAY, JUNE 28-29, 2016, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 1:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016
BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
NGMA MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE BOARD MEETING
HPD staff visited two Transportation Enhancement projects in the towns of Springfield and Ambrose, located in Effingham County and Coffee County respectively. Both projects involved streetscape enhancements (sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, etc.) – one within the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-eligible Springfield Historic District and near the NRHP-listed Effingham County Jail. The other project is located within the NRHP-eligible Ambrose Historic District.
HPD staff visit a Transportation Enhancement project called the Perry Commerce Street Enhancement, in Perry, which lies in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-eligible Downtown Perry Historic District and near the NRHP-listed New Perry Hotel. The project involved the construction/rehabilitation of sidewalks and the installation of street lighting, all to improve the pedestrian experience in the city of Perry.
HPD staff conducted a presentation about disaster planning for historic cemeteries at the Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association workshop in Social Circle on June 23.
HPD staff attended the DOCOMOMO-US Symposium in Detroit, Michigan June 9-12, 2016. The symposium explored key challenges and contemporary research regarding the study and preservation of Modern and Post Modern architecture in the U.S. Enhancing ability to analyze, within a national context, much of Georgia's built environment dating from approximately 1935-1990 continues to be a key focus of HPD, particularly as interest in utilizing historic preservation tax credits to facilitate preservation and rehabilitation of Modern and Post Modern-era buildings increases.
HPD staff traveled to Fitzgerald to present the benefits of historic preservation with the local Rotary Club. During their visit, staff also met with the city’s Deputy Administrator to discuss current and future preservation efforts.
New state record shadow bass! We have recognized a new fish eligible for state record status. http://georgiawildlife.com/node/4214
Auto-renew and license packages are now available through the GO license system. Making it easier for sportsmen to be licensed every day!
Friday, June 17 - Severe storms resulted in downed trees and limbs that damaged at least a dozen campers at Mistletoe State Park. Trees and limbs also fell on a cottage and group shelter. Columbia County assisted with backhoes and trucks to clear debris, a volunteer work day on Saturday, June 18 and a DNR crew this week has resulted in most debris and limbs removed. Staff will restore campground operations soon. A few injuries were treated on site and 1 injury was treated and released from the hospital. Elijah Clark was also impacted by the storm with downed trees but not as severely as Mistletoe.
Sunday, June 19 – Fire damaged the Park Office at Red Top Mountain State Park. The resource management offices and attic of the building were heavily damaged and there was smoke and water damage throughout. There were no injuries and non-official feedback from the State Fire Marshall’s Office indicates that the fire started outdoors between resource office and main conference building. It did include a human element, perhaps cigarette butt or stray coals in a trash can, but a sniffer dog did not indicate arson.
Wednesday, June 22 – A Fam (familiarization) tour was hosted at Hard Labor Creek to preview the renovated campground and cottages and a new putt-putt golf course. About a dozen participants turned out, including Social Circle’s mayor, local reporters, Morgan County commissioners and blogger Sue Rodman (Fieldtrips with Sue). PRHSD staff, PR consultants, and the Friends Group did a great job organizing the event, showing off Hard Labor Creek, and providing a cookout for lunch.
A contract has been awarded to remediate quickening tidal erosion threatening the fort at Fort McAllister. Work will take place in FY17.
On June 19th, Rangers from Region I-Calhoun, along with the Bartow County Fire Department, responded to a fire at the Park Office at Red Top Mountain State Park. There were no injuries to people or display wildlife but the resource management offices building had extensive damage and the rest of the facility had smoke and water damage. Once the fire units arrived, Rangers blocked off the road into the lodge area and patrolled the area throughout the night. The State Fire Marshall’s Office is conducting an investigation.
On June 18th, Region III-Thomson Rangers responded to Elijah Clark and Mistletoe state parks where tornados had possibly touched down. At Mistletoe, numerous campers were damaged by fallen trees. Three injuries were reported, including a five-year-old male, who was transported to a local hospital with a broken arm and lacerations. At Elijah Clark, no injuries were reported but numerous trees were down and several vehicles and campers were struck by falling trees. Rangers provided security patrols to protect damaged property and the campers throughout the night and the next day.
Recently, Rangers from Region IV-Macon responded to a call to assist a canoeist whose vessel had sunk in the Chattahoochee River in Coweta County. The man had put his anchor out near Plant Yates and the strong, high water current swamped the canoe. The boat was totally submerged and a considerable amount of gear was still in the canoe. Local authorities had tried to retrieve the canoe and had been unable to do so. However, the Rangers, after several attempts, were able to pull the boat out, against the strong current, and return it to its owner.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council met June 13 – 17 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Issues of interest to Georgians included the red snapper harvest moratorium, and a potential change in cobia harvest regulations. The council also discussed developing a limited entry amendment for the for-hire charter fishing sector.
Staff traveled to Dover, Delaware to inspect the R/V First State, a research vessel in service with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. During the trip, staff familiarized themselves with the capabilities and performance of the vessel through interaction with the vessel master and crew and through actual operation of the vessel. This is part of ongoing efforts to select a design for the replacement of the R/V Anna. Other vessels inspected thus far include the R/V Florida II in service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the R/V Apalachee in service with Florida State University. Next week, staff will travel to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts to inspect the R/V Tioga.
Staff met with the new operations manager of the Coastal Conservation Association – Georgia to discuss fishery management issues and partnership opportunities.