The State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) is the official workplace giving campaign for state employees and the university system. The SCCP gives each of us an opportunity to be an instrument of positive change by supporting health, human services, environmental and educational charitable programs. DNR’s SCCP campaign runs from September 1-October 31, 2014 and the theme this year is “Looking forward, giving back.”
The SCCP gives every state employee an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of others by donating to any of the over 1,300 charities available. You have a real choice in where your donation goes. Follow your passion or support a cause that resonates with you personally. As in years past, employees have the option to donate online through online pledging or by completing a paper pledge form. In selecting the payroll deduction option, you will be able to effectively budget your donation through its incremental deductions and ensure charities are receiving a continual cash flow throughout the year. For as little as $1 per month, you can make a difference. Now, more than ever, charities need our help. For more information on the SCCP program, information is available on the DNR Intranet at http://dnrnet.dnr.state.ga.us/state_charitable_contribution_program.
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To previous SCCP donors, thank you for your generosity. For new employees or first-time givers, thank you for your consideration and compassion. The efforts we make today help shape the future for those in need.
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THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT THE AMICALOLA FALLS LODGE IN THE OAK HALL BALLROOM:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
· EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE LAND COMMITTEE WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE BOARD MEETING
· NGMA MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE LAND COMMITTEE
Satilla River Native Fishes Restoration crew continues the annual field sampling season. The crew has removed 725 flathead catfish totaling 1,258 pounds during August 11-15. The crew has removed 12,580 flathead catfish totaling 13,935 pounds since the season began on May 7, 2014. The full time flathead team has removed more than 84,097 pounds of flathead catfish (43,396 fish) from the river since the full time program was implemented in 2007.
A disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia. An emaciated mud snake from Bulloch County tested positive last month for Snake Fungal Disease. The mud snake is the first free-ranging snake from Georgia has confirmed with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, the fungus associated with the disease.
Dove season opens next weekend see the forecast here!
Aug 25 - Commissioner Williams, Director Kelley and other PRHSD staff met with executive leadership of the National Park Service to renew the agreement between NPS and Georgia DNR promoting collaborations between federal and state operated parks and historic sites in Georgia. This agreement is unique to Georgia and is a model that the NPS wishes to establish with other states. Leadership of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Alliance was also present as they hosted the event at the Vaughters Farm Unit at Panola. The Alliance has renovated the old farmhouse on the site for use as their headquarters office.
Many events, festivals, fishing rodeos, and other activities are planned for Labor Day weekend at most sites. Some of special note include; a Bark in the Park Dog Luau at FDR, a Pirate Festival at Lake Blackshear and a Labor-less Day at Little Ocmulgee.
A list of available accommodations for park locations within 50 miles of UGA and Georgia Southern has been made available for home football games. See promotion on GA State Parks home page or www.GAStateParks.org/football.
Friends of GA State Parks & Historic Sites have reached over 50,000 Facebook “likes”, more than doubling in the past year. GA State Parks & Historic Sites’ Facebook page has 91,900 “likes”.
On August 18th, RFC Keith Page and K-9 Drake from Region IV-Macon found a man wading in the Flint River in Upson County who was in possession of 15 shoal bass - five over the limit. Back at the subject’s truck, Drake gave a positive alert for the presence of fish and more illegal fish were located in the truck. In total the man was found to have 25 shoal bass, 17 of which were under the legal size limit. All illegally caught fish were seized and given to a less fortunate family in the area. The suspect was charged with possession of more than the daily creel limit and possession of illegal-sized fish.
On August 21st, Search and Rescue Teams from DNR's Law Enforcement, Parks and Historic Sites and Wildlife Resources Divisions, along with the LED Aviation Unit conducted long-line rescue helicopter training in Tallulah Gorge. The teams safely completed 44 long-line lifts in 96 degree temperatures to get in this much-needed training.
Recently, Region III-Thomson Rangers responded to a personal watercraft (PWC) incident on Clarks Hill Lake at Wildwood Park. Three juveniles and one 17-year-old were riding in Keg Creek when a 14-year-old male, who was riding as a passenger on one of the PWCs, fell off and was possibly run over by another PWC. The injured youth had several fractures to the skull and was transported to the hospital for surgery. The investigation is continuing.
On the weekend of August 23rd and 24th, Rangers from Region I-Calhoun manned a DNR LED booth the Grand Opening of the new 100,000- square-foot Cabela’s store in Acworth. Over 8,000 hunters, fishermen and boaters from around the Southeast attended and the Rangers handed out approximately 1,000 hunting and fishing regulations and answered hundreds of questions relating to hunting, fishing and boating. WRD also had a booth at the event.
Pat Geer, Chief of Marine Fisheries, represented DNR at a meeting of the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Staff participated in the Georgia Environmental Conference on Jekyll Island as a panelist on the Coastal Nonpoint Source Program Tools and Resources Panel and as a speaker during a session discussing sustainable development in coastal Georgia.
Advertisements were posted for competitive bids and management plans for two shellfish tidal water bottom lease areas in McIntosh County. The bidding period closes on September 2, 2014. The successful bidder will be announced after the review committee has completed its evaluation, and the CRD Director has approved the nominations.
Staff met with ecologists from the EPA Office of Research and Development to discuss wetland monitoring protocols in Georgia and the upcoming National Wetland Condition Assessment to be completed in 2016.
Aug 21 – HPD staff attended the National Park Service’s biennial meeting at Ocmulgee National Monument. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss projects completed, upcoming projects, and training requirements under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Georgia’s National Parks
Aug 28-29 - Staff will make site visits to Georgia Centennial Farm Award recipients in Greene, Burke Macon, Taylor, and Marion counties.
Staff will provide the keynote address at the dedication of a Georgia Historical Society marker for the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center in Portal, Bulloch County. The marker was funded through a partnership with the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation. The Willow Hill School, founded in 1874, is one of Georgia’s best examples of equalizations schools that is currently repurposed as a community center and museum. The marker dedication is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, at 4235 Willow Hill Road, Portal, GA 30450 and the public is invited.