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  • An open gate surrounded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss.

    A gem for hunters and hikers alike

    July 12, 2017 | 4 minute readBrunswick, Georgia – Altama Plantation is perhaps the most critical, and intriguing, piece of property along the entire Altamaha River corridor. It was here in the early 1800s that plantation owner James Hamilton Couper introduced the Dutch system of tidal floodgates to grow rice. He planted sugar cane and built a refinery whose red-brick remains still stand. Couper, a noted scientist, also recorded the first eastern indigo snake, a threatened species which bears his name (Drymarchon couperi). Learn more...

    Altama Plantation. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • A gentlman with gray hair poses for the camera with a smile and his arms crossed.

    Local landowner fights for the Altamaha

    July 12, 2017 | 3 minute readJesup, Georgia – “Well now, welcome to the swamp.” Dink NeSmith stands astride a weathered wooden dock on Sandy Lake, a meandering offshoot of the Altamaha River. To some, the oxbow lake is nothing but a muddy, buggy, alligator-friendly bog. To NeSmith, it’s an open-air cathedral in all its natural “majesty.” “God put it here a long time ago,” he preached, “and it’s on loan to my family and me and we want to do our part to make sure it remains a clean, safe environment for our great, great, great, great grandchildren. Learn more...

    Mr. Dink NeSmith has a special relationship with the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute readIt meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike. Learn more...

    Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • A forrested stream with rocky shores.

    A wildlife gem, in the shadow of a booming Atlanta

    June 7, 2017 | 8 minute readBraswell, Georgia — It was 1946, a cold night in the Blue Ridge mountains, and the six frustrated deer hunters hunkered down in a glade as the wind howled. Two days spent scrambling over the hills had flushed but one doe. The annual hunt was no longer worth the long drive from Paulding County outside Atlanta. “What I’m figuring,” said E.F. Corley, a farmer, sawmiller, truck driver and ordained Baptist minister, “is stocking deer in the hills behind home. Learn more...

    Raccoon Creek. Photo by Brett Albanese, Georgia DNR.

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  • Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.

    Latest survey of wildlife-based recreation

    December 10, 2012 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Every five years the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service conducts a national survey providing a look at the level of participation and spending on wildlife-based recreation, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. It’s done at the request of all the state fish and wildlife agencies, and the actual questioning is done by the U.S. Census bureau, who spoke with more than 48,000 households in 2011. Learn more...

    People enjoying a boat. Photo by Greg Workman, FWC.

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