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From Ga. Forestry Commission
A nationwide contest is underway to locate the 2015 "Great American Tree”. The American Grove is looking for trees that are community landmarks, have environmental or historic significance, or simply have a story that makes them extraordinary.
Court also throws out sentence for man who pled guilty to kidnapping
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Published Monday, June 1, 2015
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An eagle nest in a hardwood -- not the norm -- at Lake Walter F. George in Quitman County. The nest was spotted during DNR's bald eagle nest survey flights this year.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has documented the most bald eagle nests ever found in the state, more than 200 sites that show eagle nesting levels in Georgia continue to soar.
According to preliminary results of aerial surveys done in January and March, the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section counted 210 occupied nesting territories, 166 successful nests and 270 young fledged.
Following some brief business at a regular meeting May 11, the county planning commission discussed their role in zoning/ land use process and the public’s misconception of their powers.
The discussion arose as part of board comments during a regular meeting when commission member Linda Casey noted the heated discussion over a recent application involving planned chickens houses extended outside the meeting and continued after the zoning application was withdrawn.
Board chair Bill Cagle agreed that members of the public wishing to make their voices heard appeared to not realize that the planning commission only makes recommendations and no member of the commission has any direct powers.
Cagle said the misunderstanding was shown clearly when members of the public stated “they would never vote for them again.” For anyone who doesn’t get Cagle’s point: the planning commission is appointed not elected.