The state of Georgia has now rolled back the cost of the wildlife license plates to $25.00. Seventy-five percent of the fees are dedicated to the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Wildlife Resources Division programs. The sales of the wildlife license plates help provide funds for conserving rare and other wildlife such as the eagle, quail, trout and hummingbirds.
The bobwhite quail plate, which features not only the quail, but the white-tailed deer and wild turkey. These contributions go directly to the Bobwhite Quail Initiative program. These programs positively affects more than 20,000 acres for quail and songbirds.
The Trout Unlimited license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These funds help efforts towards trout production, stocking, and stream restoration throughout North Georgia.
The nongame plates make up more than half of all contributions to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. These contributions provide vital funds that the agency’s Nongame Conservation Section has used to conserve wildlife such as gopher tortoises and swallow-tailed kites, and help acquire thousands of acres of wildlands open to Georgians. All of this work not only preserves wildlife and habitats for future generations, it strengthens our state economy to the tune of billions of dollars each year.
See article in the Georgia Forestry Today magazine July/August 2014
Also contact your local DNR office and your local tag office for more information.
While there are many people whose main goal is to protect forests and other natural resources for the future, a career in forestry encompasses much more. The Fire & Science organization has a web site to offer information for students looking for a career in the forestry industry. Fore more information please visit their web site:
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Did you know that pine needles are high in acid? When the needles fall to the ground it makes the soil acidic. This can inhibit the growth of other plants, which often leaves the floor of pine forests bare. Only plants that can withstand acidic levels will survive in this pine forest floor environment.
Did you know that the tallest pine in the world is the sugar pine? The sugar pine generally grows to about 200 feet with a diameter of about 5 feet.
There are 5 important decisions to consider when planning your forest project:
1. Market: Knowing the type of timber market to sell to in 10-20 years
2. Soils: Know the soil series that comprises the land base to identify a soils potential to supply water and nutrients necessary for tree growth
3. Climate: When choosing a seedling, consider the climate zone where the seedling will be planted. The main weather elements that drive tree growth are:
Rainfall, temperature, frost-free days & length of growing season
4. Silviculture: Silvics refers to the know-how in managing the site of a given tree species. Establishment is the science of:
Genetic selection for a site, matching site preparation treatments to the genetic selection and proving the protection treatments that produce high trajectory growth
5. Genetics: Improved genetic seedlings are the result of more than fifty years of breeding, testing and parent selection that targets:
Improved growth, straightness, fusiform rust resistance, and reduced forking
Did you know that– Ecosystem services are the processes and outputs of nature that are of direct benefit to humans.
Ecosystems Services are grouped into 4 broad categories:
Provisioning–the production of food, fiber, clean water, and other goods.
Regulating–ecosystems regulate climate/temperature, the spread of disease, and control rate, quality and output of water.
Supporting Services–such as soil formation, carbon sequestration, nutrient and waste recycling and pollination.
Cultural Services–educational, aesthetic, cultural heritage values of ecosystems, including tourism and recreation.
“Not All Seedlings Are Created Equal”
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