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Vol. 2 | No. 4 | December 2009   

 

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Proposed interstate through the Red Hills fails to gain Georgia DOT’s support

By Neil Fleckenstein, Planning Coordinator

An ambitious proposal to extend Interstate-185 through the heart of the Red Hills region has been scrapped by the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT). This project began in 2006 as an effort spearheaded by Chamber of Commerce officials in Albany, Georgia to extend Interstate-185 from Columbus, Georgia along the rural U.S. HWY 19 corridor through Albany, Camilla, Thomasville, and Monticello to Interstate -10 in Jefferson County, Florida. 
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Red Hills and Albany Quail Hatch Meet Researchers' Expectations

By Dr. Bill Palmer, Director Game Bird Research

Hunters are reporting bobwhite populations in the Red Hills and Albany have met our predictions that quail populations were on the rise. While warmer than normal temperatures made hunting conditions less than ideal, most properties are reporting significant increases, up 30-50% over last year in the Red Hills area and 10 to 30% in the Albany Area. Interestingly, some properties near Albany with soils similar to the Red Hills area have also reported excellent gains.

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Management Recommendations & Natural History Notes... 

...for November and December. Management Recommendations & Natural History Notes are provided by our research and land management staff for land managers to consider implementing during the months listed. Also included are brief natural history notes on some more notable natural happenings that you may see occurring in that month.

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Bird Notes

By Jim Cox, Vertebrate Ecologist

The final big push to re-establish an endangered woodpecker on Tall Timbers was completed this fall. A total of six Red-cockaded Woodpeckers was released on Tall Timbers in September and October in hopes of pushing the population up to around six nesting territories in 2010. 

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