Book Boxes Debut at Georgia State Parks!
Young park visitors can now borrow books to read by the campfire thanks to Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, the Governor's Office, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Last month, the first book box was placed at Sweetwater Creek State Park’s yurt village in Lithia Springs. More of these little libraries are coming soon to Panola Mountain (Stockbridge), Fort Yargo (Winder), Chattahoochee Bend (Newnan) and Red Top Mountain (Acworth) state parks. Keep an eye out for even more "Little Libraries" in our State Parks in the future!
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY-WEDNESDSAY, AUGUST 30-31 2016, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 1:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2016
BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
Coastal Resources Division
Staff monitored the Troupe Creek Inshore Artificial Reef (Glynn County) for structural integrity and oyster growth.
Staff partnered with Epworth by the Sea to host a recycled oyster shell bagging event with members of the First Baptist Church in Vidalia, GA. Bags of recycled oyster shells are used to create habitat for larval oysters as part of the CRD oyster reef restoration project.
Staff joined WRD staff at the ICAST show in Orlando. The world’s largest fishing tackle trade show, this year’s ICAST had over 300 exhibitors from around the world and 15,000 attendees. The Georgia DNR booth was located in the Conservation Corner and featured information about fishing opportunities in Georgia and the importance of the fishing/boating industry to Georgia’s economy.
Historic Preservation Division
No HPD update this week.
Wildlife Resources Division
Rusty Garrison has been named as the new director of the Wildlife Resources Division! Rusty has been with DNR for 18 years and served in many various roles, most recently as director of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. He will begin August 1.
Parks Recreation & Historic Sites
Pokemon Go has hit Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Lots of people are out on the parks with their mobile devises hunting and collecting characters. Park staff are encouraged to take advantage of this “craze” with programming and supervised activities while upholding the safety of our guests and care of our resources. The FaceBook post about this reached over 75,000 and was shared 150 times.
For FY16, the PRHSD web site received over 6 million visits, over 4 million unique visits and almost 26 million page views. There were 593,000 page views of the online Parks Guide which is the call-to-action in our print advertising. All social media outlets now total over 205,000 (The GA State Parks Facebook page has reached over 173,000 likes.)
Law Enforcement Division
On June 15th, 2016 Rangers from Region II-Gainesville received a call of an overturned vessel on the South end of Lake Lanier. Rangers immediately responded along with First Responders from Hall County Fire Services and Sheriff’s Office. Upon arriving on scene found a 38 foot twin engine powerboat involved in the incident and learned from witness that all passengers form the vessel were missing. Members from the DNR LED Critical Incident Reconstruction Team (CIRT) were called in to investigate the incident and Region II Rangers began Search, Rescue and Recovery efforts. Over the next 48 hours, the bodies of the 4 occupants were located by LED Rangers using sonar equipment in approximately 80-90 feet of water. CIRT members are continuing their investigation this week into the cause of the incident.
On July 11th, 2016 Corporal Casey Jones from Region I-Calhoun received the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA) Officer of the Year Award. This award was given to Corporal Jones at the annual NAWEOA conference in Burlington Vermont. This is the 2nd time in 3 years that Georgia has won this national award. RFC David Webb received the award in 2014.