November 08, 2016 - November 08, 2017
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR) hosted the state’s first Climate Conference on November 2-3, 2016 on Jekyll Island, drawing 217 participants from universities, state agencies, local governments, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.
The conference, titled “Prepare, Respond and Adapt: Is Georgia Climate Ready?” featured 18 sessions and 72 presentations on diverse topics connected to the state’s changing environmental conditions. The event highlighted existing efforts, facilitated the exchange of information and promoted collaboration on current and future climate-related projects in Georgia.
October 18, 2016 - December 13, 2016
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks. The public hearing, rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Brunswick on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.
The proposed new rule would codify standards and conditions for issuance of a revocable license authorizing construction, maintenance, or modification of private recreational docks located over state-owned tidal water bottoms. The proposed new rule would also provide penalties for non-compliance with these standards and conditions.
“The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for insuring that private docks in coastal areas are built in a manner that balances environmental impact with access to tidal waterways for recreation such as boating and fishing,” explained Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. “The proposed rule will formalize in state law the same standards for dock size and configuration that have been required in federal law since 2012. Harmonizing state and federal law will eliminate confusion in the regulated community and strengthen the ability of DNR to resolve situations when docks are built knowingly and willfully in the wrong location or in the wrong manner.”
The public hearing on the proposed rule will be held in Brunswick at the Georgia DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters campus in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.
Written public comment will be received through Monday, November 07, 2016. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia.
October 04, 2016 - January 04, 2017
PRESS RELEASE DNR to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Coastal Private Docks
Brunswick, GA (Oct 04, 2016) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a public comment period for a proposed new rule for coastal private recreational docks. A public hearing will be held in Brunswick on October 11, 2016and written public comment will be received through October 31, 2016
August 09, 2016 - August 09, 2017
August 05, 2016 - August 05, 2017
July 06, 2016 - July 06, 2017
Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams has announced the appointment of Zachary Harris of St. Simons Island to fill the unexpired term of Superior Court Judge-Elect, Bert Guy on the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and Shore Protection Committee. Mr. Harris was appointed by the Board of Natural Resources during their June 29th meeting.
June 21, 2016 - June 21, 2017
May 27, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8:00 am on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Effective that date, commercial food shrimp trawlers can operate in Georgia’s territorial waters open to power-drawn trawls. Commercial and recreational cast netters, as well as persons using a beach seine, can harvest food shrimp from waters open to the use of these gears.
April 22, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Coastal Resources Division Director, Spud Woodward, has announced that the recently completed 2015 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available. The report card assessment was conducted through a partnership of the Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division and Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2015 Report Card is an update of DNR’s first-ever 2014 report card that was prepared with assistance of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network (UMCES/IAN). Like the 2014 report, the 2015 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card scored a B+ based on data collected throughout the past year from coast-wide DNR surveys and inventories.
“Achieving a B+ for the second year in a row in the human health, fisheries, and wildlife indices is a positive reflection of the continued efforts of citizens, local governments, conservation organizations and government resource managers to balance development and human use with natural resource conservation and protection along the Georgia coast,” commented Woodward.
Ecological report cards are considered a public friendly way to provide a timely and geographically detailed assessment of ecosystems or rivers. One key aspect of these report cards is that they synthesize diverse data sources and types into information understandable by a broad audience. The report card scores are based on a twenty-point scale (0-20% = F, 20-40% = D, etc.). This is the scale accepted for ecosystem health report cards world-wide as it is able to provide a clearer picture of health.
“The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card as an important part of the department’s efforts to keep the public informed about natural resource management in the coastal area and to present timely information about the status of resources held in public trust,” commented Woodward.
Coastal Resources Division/Georgia Department of Natural Resources
The Coastal Resources Division of Georgia Department of Natural Resources is the state agency entrusted to manage Georgia’s coastal marshes, beaches, waters and fisheries for the benefit of present and future generations. The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
December 18, 2015 - December 18, 2016
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Mark Williams has announced that during the October 2015 meeting, the Board of Natural Resources approved an increase in the minimum-size limit for spotted seatrout from 13 inches to 14 inches, total length with an effective date of January 1, 2016. The vote was taken after considering public comment provided through two public hearings and email.
November 13, 2015 - January 01, 2017
Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mark Williams has announced that the recently completed Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available on line at: www.CoastalGaDNR.org/ReportCard. The first-ever report card assessment was conducted through a partnership of the Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division and Wildlife Resource Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Integration and Application Network(UMCES/IAN). The data for the Report Card came from coast-wide DNR surveys and inventories conducted during 2014.