Field Manager’s Day
Congratulations to the four DNR employees selected to participate in Field Manager’s Day at October’s Board Meeting! Field Manager’s Day provides select employees the opportunity to learn, grow, and interact with agency management and attend a Board meeting.
Pictured L-R: Commissioner Mark Williams, Michael Howze (WRD), Desmond Timmons (PRHSD), Rachel Black (HPD), Board Chairman Ray Lambert (Not pictured: Sgt. Derek Dillard, LED)
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015, AT YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE, YOUNG HARRIS, GA:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT 9:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
· NGMA MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE BOARD MEETING
CRD cosponsored the Georgia Coastal Research Council’s biennial Coastal Research Colloquium. More than 50 coastal Georgia scientists joined natural resource managers from DNR and Jekyll Island Authority to discuss current research on topics varying from hazards resiliency and social vulnerability to coastal wetlands to phytoplankton abundance. Resource managers also discussed priority needs for data and information.
Staff represented the State of Georgia at the 2015 Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Participation in this conference is mandatory for states that allow recreational and commercial harvest of oysters, clams, and other shellfish.
Staff attended the Climate Variability and Fisheries Workshop in St. Petersburg, FL. The goal of the meeting was to advance the understanding of potential impacts of apparent climate change on fisheries resources in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and South Atlantic.
HPD Staff attended and participated in Historic Preservation Commission training in Thomasville, Georgia.
Staff participated in the National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward Conference in Washington, D.C. Nov. 4-6.
Staff also attended the Board of Regents – Facility Officers Conference in Athens Nov. 4 – 6
Todd Holbrook was awarded the prestigious C. W. Watson Award by the SEAFWA. Todd is a second generation wildlife biologist to receive this award. His late father, Duff Holbrook, received this award in 1988.
Buford Hatchery staff stocked over 4000 trout ranging from 10" to 14.5" into the Morgan Falls Delayed Harvest section prior to the November 1st season opener. Buford staff made the effort to stock all sites ensuring the fish were spread out well. The water looked good at every stocking site, including Johnson's Ferry & White Water Creek. Georgia Power staff assisted with stocking at the White Water Creek access area.
Oct. 29 – About 40 participants attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the renovated Fire Tower at Fort Mountain State Park. The now-adult children of one of the masons who helped build the tower and placed the “heart rock” for his sweetheart (who eventually became his wife of 59 years) were also in attendance. The Tower is now open for tours.
Nov. 3 – 4 – The first of the season’s managed deer hunts took place at Hard Labor Creek. The next hunt will take place Nov. 17 – 18 at Panola Mountain.
Nov. 10 – 12 – 1:30 p.m. – PRHSD HQ staff will host a Cooking Contest at the Panola Mountain HQ Offices. For a $5 contribution attendees can sample and vote for their favorite dish. Recipe cards for each dish will be available for $1. Proceeds go to the SCCP.
Nov. 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – The final public meeting for input into the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Plan will take place in Perry at the Go Fish Center.
On October 27th, Rangers from Regions I-Calhoun, II-Gainesville, and V-Albany, along with DNR Board members, Commissioner Mark Williams, and representatives from the other DNR divisions, joined Governor Deal at the Governor’s Mansion for the 3rd Annual Governor's Gala, sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation. The purpose of the event was to celebrate Georgia's natural resources and to recognize DNR’s wide variety of conservation efforts and the Foundation’s contributions to those efforts.
Recently, Governor Deal presented commendations to Cpl. Greg Wade from Region V-Albany and Cpl. Jason Roberson from Region II-Gainesville honoring them for winning two of the top North American awards for the year. The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies presented their top conservation law enforcement award in North America to Cpl. Wade from Tift County at their annual meeting in Arizona. Cpl. Roberson received the highest award in North America for boating law enforcement at the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators' annual conference in Kansas.
On October 27th, Rangers from Region VI-Metter assisted with the annual Georgia Sheriff's Youth Deer Hunt in Fargo, GA, sponsored by Superior Pine Company. Seven youth participated in the afternoon hunt and four bucks were taken. The officers gave a hunting safety briefing and served as hunt guides. The officers also purchased hunting licenses for the youth that were 16 and older.
On October 31st, Rangers from Region VII-Brunswick responded to a call that a boat had collided with the Fort Pulaski Bridge and that the operator had been ejected into the river and did not resurface. The Rangers, along with personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) Marine Patrol and the Chatham County Aviation Unit, participated in the three-day search. Rangers recovered the body of the 27-year-old male on November 2nd.