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 – November 15, 2015 and the theme this year is “Ready, Set, GIVE!”
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.
DNR BOARD TOUR OF EPD LABORATORIES ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015, AT 1:00 P.M.
TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED FROM THE TWIN TOWERS. THE GROUP WILL MEET ON THE 14TH FLOOR, IN SUITE 1456!
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
· COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M.
· BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
On September 7th, Rangers from Region II-Gainesville were patrolling Panola Mountain State Park on ATV when they received information from the park superintendent that two kids were missing on bikes from their group. They began a search, asking park visitors if they had seen the kids, and based on that information, they determined that the pair was likely headed toward Arabia Mountain. The Rangers shifted the search to the DeKalb County trails and found the two boys approximately seven miles from Panola Mountain State Park at the Evans Mill Trail entrance. The boys were returned to their parents safe and sound.
Also on September 7th, Rangers from Region I-Calhoun, along with personnel from Cobb County Police Department, Bartow County Fire and Rescue, Cobb County Fire and Rescue, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, responded to a possible drowning on Allatoona Lake, south of the Highway 41 bridge in Cobb County. According to witnesses, the victim was swimming with friends, began to panic and went down. Rangers were able to locate and recover him less than an hour after the call. He was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
On September 12th, Region VI-Metter Rangers responded to a hunting incident in Bacon County. Initial information indicated that a sixteen year old subject was dove hunting when he rested the muzzle of the weapon on his foot while standing. The weapon discharged causing injury to his right foot. he was transported to Savannah Memorial for further treatment and surgery.
Staff participated in the quarterly meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The Council continued to work through its vision for the future of the snapper-grouper fishery, which includes establishing Special Spawning Management Zones. One such SSMZ is proposed for an area 70 miles east St Simons Island.
Director Woodward presented information on the economics of coastal fisheries to participants in the 2015 class of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership during their visit to Sapelo Island.
HPD was represented at a Communications Staff retreat held in Cordele, Ga.
Staff visited the historic Tate Train Depot, in Pickens County, as part of a review for a GDOT project.
Archaeologists visited Dawson Forest WMA to provide technical assistance on a project there.
Hunter Development Program staff scheduled nine (one more than last year) regional tournaments for our growing National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). NASP is an approved physical education program within Georgia and has been in the state since 2003. Last year, Georgia had 220 schools and 42,420 students participating.
Water quality in Lake Hartwell is monitored weekly during September by Region 1 Fisheries staff to evaluate the availability of cool water habitat and potential for a fish die-off. Dissolved oxygen concentrations in the thermocline decreased this week, which reduced the amount of suitable habitat by about 50% from the previous week. Unless surface temperatures cool down dramatically over the next week or two, the potential for a die-off of striped bass will increase. Fisheries staff will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as changes occur.
Nongame staff aided with planning and establishing vegetation and hydrologic monitoring at Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center in Midway. The monitoring is associated with a wetland restoration and native planting project along a public boardwalk at the Interpretive Center. Nongame staff collaborated with staff from DNR Coastal Resources Division, TNC, Coastal Wildscapes, and volunteers to monitor the site. The boardwalk at Cay Creek is one of the best sites on the coast to see the relationship between estuarine and freshwater tidal wetlands. Cay Creek is also an important site for the Spotted Turtle, a species listed as State Unusual in Georgia.
Sat., Sept 26 – Friends is sponsoring Your State Parks Day in conjunction with National Public Lands Day with free admission for volunteers. This year’s initiative will be to plant pollinator gardens across the state. Other clean-up and maintenance projects will also be offered.
Sun, Sept 27 – Several locations are offering Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse paddles, hikes or viewing programs. See http://gastateparks.org/events for listings.
Mon., Sept 28 – 2 – 4 p.m. – Open House to visit the newly remodeled HQ offices at Panola Mountain State Park.
Georgia State Parks was one of three finalists for the NRPA Gold Medal Award. Delaware State Parks received the award this week at the NRPA Conference.
Even though July and August were rainy months, PRHSD still saw a slight increase of 5% in park receipts and 1% in ParkPass to kick off FY16.