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.
July 26 - 29 – Assistant Director Woods attended the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Summer Conference in Savannah.
July 29 - PRHSD marketing staff meet with the Director of Partnerships and Engagement with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to explore ways to build awareness of GA State Parks in metro Atlanta through joint promotion and sponsorship efforts.
A Forsyth woman has completed her goal of visiting every state park property in Georgia. For her birthday two years ago, Ann Haines decided she wanted to see all of the sites within two years. In June, she accomplished her goal, just weeks before her 65th birthday.
PRHSD, WRD, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development are partnering with O’Neill Williams to promote on the O’Neill Outside TV, radio, websites and social media outlets and potentially air subject matter pertaining to DNR properties on shows running on those channels.
On July 22nd, an adult female from the Milledgeville area came to the Region IV LED office and asked Rangers to identify a snake that was pictured on her mobile phone. She told Rangers that she had personally taken the picture in a residential area in Milledgeville. The snake depicted in the photograph was identified as a Gaboon Viper, a highly venomous snake that is native to sub-Saharan Africa. This non-native snake is considered a Wild Animal under Georgia law and can only be possessed with valid Wild Animal License issued by the LED Special Permits Unit. Rangers from Region IV and the Investigative Unit worked with the GBI and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office to validate the females story through forensic technology as well as multiple interviews. Although suspect, Rangers were not able to disprove the females story. Residents in the area of the possible sighting were notified in person of the potential public safety issue by LED Rangers and other law enforcement agencies. Region IV Rangers are doing periodic patrols through the area for the next few days.
On July 22nd, Rangers from Region I were requested and responded to a missing female in the area of the Etowah River in Bartow County. Rangers used patrol vessels to search for the missing female in the river and a LED Chaplain responded to the scene to provide support to the family. On the second day of the search the LED Aviation Unit conducted a flight in the area and located the missing female’s body in the river approximately one mile downstream from the search area. Rangers along with other members from local public safety agencies recovered the body and the LED Chaplain assisted with the death notification to the family.
On July 23rd, Rangers from Region I were notified and responded to a call about two children being bitten by a fox in Rockmart. The two children were walking home after swimming at a neighbor’s house when the fox followed them onto the porch where the fox bit both children. The fox then ran away down the driveway. Parents took the children to Paulding Hospital and were started on the first series of rabies shots. Rangers arrived on the scene and spoke with a deputy and the children’s uncle. The area was searched for the fox that day with negative results and attempts to trap the animal were unsuccessful. A few days later a dead fox was located near the same location. The fox was collected and tested by the Paulding County Health Department and tested positive for rabies. The two children are continuing with the series of rabies shots.
The Coastal Advisory Council met on July 23rd and approved the themes, ranking criteria and funding limits for the 2016-2017FY Cycle 19 Coastal Incentive Grant Program. The CIG Request for Proposals will be advertised in mid- to late September.
Staff submitted a $937,000 grant application to NOAA for the 2015 Coastal Resilience Grant Program for a project on Enhancing Coastal Resilience with Green Infrastructure. If approved by NOAA, this grant will provide funding between 2015-2018 to create a pilot project in Liberty County that will demonstrate the practicality and cost-effectiveness of implementing green infrastructure practices that utilize or mimic natural infiltration processes as a method to decrease a community’s risk to riverine and coastal flooding events under current and predicted future flood scenarios.
Shellfish program specialists with the Food and Drug Administration visited CRD during the week of July 27 to evaluate and review the updated Shellfish Patrol Policy and participate in several shellfish growing area patrols with LED staff.
July 28 - Staff visited a 2015 Georgia Centennial Farm in Murray County.
Staff will represent the Cast the Net museum collaboration at the Association of African American Museums national conference in Memphis, TN from August 4-7.
Alligator Quota Closes - The opportunity to apply for one of Georgia's popular alligator hunting tags comes to close at 11:59 PM on Friday, July 31. We anticipate the selection process and notification to applicants to be completed over the weekend.
Atlanta Buckarama is this weekend and staff will be present to interact with constituents, score deer, and hand out new hunting regulations for 15-16.
Annual fish sampling on the upper Chattooga River was completed on July 22 at Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area on the GA/SC border. The large-river electrofishing cooperative of 50 people included SCDNR, the U.S. Forest Service from those two states, and a multitude of volunteers from Trout Unlimited and local colleges. Hundreds of fish were collected, counted, weighed, and released back into the river.