5th Ranger Training Battalion Parachutes into Lake Lanier on Training Exercise


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters hovered 1,500 feet above Lake Lanier last Friday and about 90 gung-ho Army Rangers from the 5th Ranger Training Battalion based at Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega parachuted into the water near War Hill Park in Dawson County.

To prepare for the exercise, the parking lot was cleared and watercraft were not allowed in the vicinity of the jump. But spectators were welcome and while it was entertaining, the jump had a more important function.

In an email, Captain Nathan Jennings, 5th Ranger Training Battalion Operations Officer, “This training enhances the morale of the unit, builds proficiency in airborne operations, and develops law enforcement and emergency medical service inter-agency capabilities.

Public safety personnel from Dawson, Forsyth and Hall counties were on hand along with the Georgia Air National Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Natural Resources.




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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Mar. 7, 2017) – Take advantage of beautiful spring weather and plan a trout fishing trip to the north Georgia Mountains! How about an early trout stocking to sweeten the deal?

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperatively stock 40,000 trout in Georgia during the week of Mar. 6, giving anglers their first opportunity to harvest some freshly stocked trout in 2017.  Regular weekly stockings for the 2017 stocking season begin on Mar. 20, when an additional 70,000 trout will hit the water.

Despite the low stream flows being experienced in north Georgia, the trout stocking program is still aiming to stock one million fish this year.

“With the current spring-like conditions and all trout waters open to fishing year-round, we have decided to stock approximately 40,0000 trout two weeks early,” says WRD trout stocking coordinator John Lee Thomson. “Due to the mild winter, we have experienced excellent trout growth in our hatcheries and with the continuing low stream flows, these fish have outgrown the available hatchery space giving us the opportunity to stock a few weeks early this year.”

Some popular stocked streams that will receive trout during this early stocking effort include Cooper Creek in Union County, Tallulah River in Rabun County, Dicks Creek in Lumpkin County, Holly Creek in Murray County, and Johns Creek in Floyd County.   The daily limit is eight trout on general regulation trout waters. Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along streams flowing through private lands and to obtain permission before fishing on private property.

Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license and a trout license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or possess trout.  Anglers must also possess a wildlife management area license or Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) in order to fish on certain WMAs.  Find a list of designated areas at www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass<http://www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass> .

Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license to fish in public waters.  Where can you get a license? Buy it online (www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com<http://www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com>), at a retail license vendor (list at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes<http://www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes> ) or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

Purchasing a Trout license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs.  These efforts positively impact trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout north Georgia.  Purchase or find out more at your county tag office.

For the list of stocked trout streams, online versions the Georgia trout stream map, and other trout fishing tips, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout or call (770) 535-5498.

Melissa Cummings
Communications and Outreach Specialist

Wildlife Resources Division<http://georgiawildlife.com/>
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With No Relief, State Sets Drought Restrictions


Numbering the 24th week of severe drought in Northwest Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has issued a statement regarding water restrictions and other drought responses in our area.

droughtresponse_levels1_2_map_11172016Most of Georgia is now under some form of Drought Fighting Restriction with the exception of some of our very southernmost counties. You can enlarge the map to see exactly which countries are affected by the increased Level 1 and Level 2 Restrictions.

These State set restrictions detail when you can water your outdoor plants and landscape based upon your address. A two-day restriction dictates “even-numbered addresses and properties without numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Odd numbered addresses may water Thursday and Sunday between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.”

This announcement comes on the heels of the announcements that the smoke cover in our area is expected to continue throughout the near future as authorities continue to battle the raging wildfires across the South East, with the Rough Ridge Fire being the major blaze in North Georgia.

Along with the drought restrictions, many counties are also declaring burn bans for residents to aid in fighting fires and drought.

Check out the full Press Release below to see more about the restrictions and what activities are fully prohibited under the EPD’s Authority.




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