Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Trout Camp 2017

Luke Ferguson & Gavin Brown.... the youth that Georgia Foothills sponsored for this year's Trout Camp at Rabun-Gap Nacoochee school...



Photos from Trout Camp 

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June meeting CANCELLED

Foothills monthly meeting for June has been cancelled due to conflicting events.... see you in July

Friday, June 2, 2017

"Kids Day at the Park" at Smithgall this Saturday, June 10th.

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 (10 AM to 1 PM)
Volunteers needed for "Kids Day at the Park" at Smithgall this Saturday, June 10th.



Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. This year’s theme is the Wonders of Water! There will be outdoor games, stream ecology, water guns, water balloons, and much more. Bring your sack lunch.
Please wear clothes that can get dirty or wet.
Admission: $5
Event Phone: 706-878-3087

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Seniors Fishing Rodeo - June 2nd

This is a friendly reminder that the 2017 Seniors Fishing Rodeo will be this Friday, June 2, and the Family Fishing Festival will be Saturday, June 3. Both events will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We are asking that volunteers please arrive by 8:00 a.m. Upon arrival, please stop by and sign-in at the Education Center and enjoy some coffee and doughnuts.

We are looking forward to two great days of fishing and connecting people with the great outdoors! These events are possible thanks to the continued and generous support from Friends of the Hatchery, volunteers, community, vendors, Blairsville Trout Unlimited #692, Blue Ridge Trout Unlimited #696, Georgia Foothills Trout Unlimited #629, Gold Rush Trout Unlimited #733, (all other Trout Unlimited chapters/members), Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Old Reel Collectors Association (ORCA), North Georgia Taxidermy, Xtreme Christian Outdoors, Sav-A-Lot Food Store Blue Ridge, Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, Dunkin Donuts, House of Prayer Blairsville, Blairsville First Baptist Church, and the list goes on and on. The dedication is great and widespread and we thank you ALL. If we ever miss thanking someone, it is purely accidental so please let us know. We sincerely appreciate EVERYONE and ALL you do! Participants appreciate you, too! We often receive phone calls, cards and comments about all the good things you do to help make these events very successful each year.

Hope to see you Friday and Saturday!

Thank you,

Crystal Thomas
Program Assistant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
4730 Rock Creek Road
Suches, GA 30572
PHONE 706-838-4723
FAX 706-838-4626
www.fws.gov/chattahoocheeforest
www.facebook.com/chattahoocheeforestnfh
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Friday, May 12, 2017

US Forestry Program - Foothills Landscape Collaboration

Our guest speaker for the May Foothills TU meeting was Mike Brod with the US Forest Service office out of Gainesville. Mike is a Staff Officer with the Forest Service specializing in Fire and Natural Resources and a long time resident of Rabun County.

This timely presentation by Mike will focus on encouraging public participation in the Foothills Landscape Community Collaboration. The purpose of this project is to create, restore and maintain ecosystems that are more resilient to natural disturbances. Specifically, the Forest Service is seeking to enhance and provide quality habitat for rare and declining species, as well as desired game and non-game species; to reduce hazardous fuel loading across the landscape to diminish damaging wildfires; to improve soil and water quality; to provide sustainable recreation and access opportunities; and to awaken and strengthen a connection to these lands for all people.

From the Chattahoochee National Forest website:
We Need YOU: We need your knowledge and insights right from the start in order to plan the right work in the right places for the right reasons. Share what you know about the Foothills Landscape with us and others through this collaboration. Use this forum to tell your community what you care about and why. Describe what you want and need from this landscape...and also what you can and do give. Learn from the knowledge that others share. And consider the many other perspectives revealed to all of us through this collaboration.
Check out the next seminars and field trips at  FoothillsProjects Get your voice heard at these seminars so that your interest are included in the planning of the public lands. In this case the foothills of N Ga.  Don't be silent... your favorite stream could become an ATV trail.    Can't make it, then go to  http://www.tinyurl.com/FoothillsLandscapeCollaborate and make your interest known on their blog.  They want to hear from you.
 

Weekly Fishing

Anybody recognize this guy? Rumor has it that guy takes a group of foothillers fishing every week.. usually on Tuesdays.  Come join the fun.  Get on Parks' email blast and get the notifications when/where they meet. Also check our fishing schedule on the site.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Striped Bass



Over 160,000 striped bass hit the waters of Lake Lanier today, May 9.  After a five-hour trip and then a one-hour lakeside water exchange to get the fish ready for Lanier’s softer waters, the one inch fingerlings were quick-released into the lake at the Sardis and Toto Creek ramps.  Special thanks to Richmond Hill Hatchery for today’s fish. 


Pictured: Gainesville region fisheries technician Chris Looney, Coastal Fisheries Region supervisor Tim Barrett, and Richmond Hill Hatchery senior biologist Joel Fleming.

Striped and hybrid bass stockings continue across the state.


Jeff Durniak
North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

Wildlife Resources Division
(770) 535-5498

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Veterans Fishing Event at Rock Creek Hatchery

Photos from the fishing event held at the Rock Creek Hatchery for our Veterans





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Foothills Monthly Meeting

Date: 05/11/17
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: United Community Bank, 468 W Louise Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523

Come join us this Thursday and bring a friend. The social time is around 6:00 - 6:30 with the program starting up at 7:00 and runs to about 8:00.

Our guest speaker for the May Foothills TU meeting will be Mike Brod with the US Forest Service office out of Gainesville. Mike is a Staff Officer with the Forest Service specializing in Fire and Natural Resources and a long time resident of Rabun County. This timely presentation by Mike will focus on encouraging public participation in the Foothills Landscape Community Collaboration. The purpose of this project is to create, restore and maintain ecosystems that are more resilient to natural disturbances. Specifically, the Forest Service is seeking to enhance and provide quality habitat for rare and declining species, as well as desired game and non-game species; to reduce hazardous fuel loading across the landscape to diminish damaging wildfires; to improve soil and water quality; to provide sustainable recreation and access opportunities; and to awaken and strengthen a connection to these lands for all people.

From the Chattahoochee National Forest website:
We Need YOU: We need your knowledge and insights right from the start in order to plan the right work in the right places for the right reasons. Share what you know about the Foothills Landscape with us and others through this collaboration. Use this forum to tell your community what you care about and why. Describe what you want and need from this landscape...and also what you can and do give. Learn from the knowledge that others share. And consider the many other perspectives revealed to all of us through this collaboration.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation lunch



Hi Everyone!
Our Volunteer Appreciation lunch will be held Saturday May 13th at the Tallulah Falls recreation area- the picnic pavilion opposite 441 from the turn in to the Tallulah Gorge. This is the same spot we had it last year.   We will have the usual burgers and dogs along with the fixings.  Please make sure to turn in your hours!
I will supply hot dogs and hamburgers
We will need:
Charcoal
Ice
condiments
Buns
Chips
Canned/Bottled Drinks
Sides/Salads
Finger-type Desserts
And anything I may have forgotten… J

Respectfully,

Jill Davis
District Recreation Manager
Forest Service
Chattooga River Ranger District
p: 706-754-6221 x105
f: 706-754-1021
jbelanger@fs.fed.us
9975 HWY 441
Lakemont, GA 30552