A conservationist’s new appreciation for hunting

Kristina Summers of Georgia DNR Public Affairs recently got an in-depth look at hunting’s contribution to wildlife conservation.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t an avid outdoors person. From the time I was a couple of months old, my parents were hauling me all over the country, often in a metal-frame backpack. Whether it was out West to the dusty Badlands, down to the southern swamps or up and down hundreds of miles of coastline, I honestly can’t remember a time when being outside wasn’t a huge part of my life.

New Coastal Network Targets Alien Invaders


CISMA may sound like an alien species, but the acronym actually refers to an effective approach in combating those non-native plants and animals that threaten ecosystems. And it’s an approach taking shape on Georgia’s coast.

Representatives of more than 40 organizations met in March 2012 to launch the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. The goal: Help conserve the region’s native wildlife and habitats through a collaborative effort to prevent or control invasive species on public and private lands across 11 counties.

Burn Season’s Late Rush Fuels Teamwork, Learning


Hilary Smith is a second-year member of the seasonal prescribed fire crew hired by the Nongame Conservation Section. Here’s her perspective on a winter burning season that has been anything but normal for applying this most effective conservation tool for fire-adapted habitats.

By Hilary Smith

Strange sights and sounds have met the eyes and ears of this year’s seasonal DNR prescribed fire crew.

Swamp Pink Surprise

Introduced at Mountain Bog, Rare Plant Produces Seedlings

By Carrie Radcliffe

Swamp pink had a red-letter day last October.

That’s when scientists and students working at a Chattahoochee National Forest mountain bog uncovered the first known instance in Georgia of a swamp pink that had been planted to help restore this imperiled species actually producing seedlings.