New Coastal Network Targets Alien Invaders


CISMA may sound like an alien species, but the acronym actually refers to an effective approach in combating those non-native plants and animals that threaten ecosystems. And it’s an approach taking shape on Georgia’s coast.

Representatives of more than 40 organizations met in March 2012 to launch the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. The goal: Help conserve the region’s native wildlife and habitats through a collaborative effort to prevent or control invasive species on public and private lands across 11 counties.

Burn Season’s Late Rush Fuels Teamwork, Learning


Hilary Smith is a second-year member of the seasonal prescribed fire crew hired by the Nongame Conservation Section. Here’s her perspective on a winter burning season that has been anything but normal for applying this most effective conservation tool for fire-adapted habitats.

By Hilary Smith

Strange sights and sounds have met the eyes and ears of this year’s seasonal DNR prescribed fire crew.

Swamp Pink Surprise

Introduced at Mountain Bog, Rare Plant Produces Seedlings

By Carrie Radcliffe

Swamp pink had a red-letter day last October.

That’s when scientists and students working at a Chattahoochee National Forest mountain bog uncovered the first known instance in Georgia of a swamp pink that had been planted to help restore this imperiled species actually producing seedlings.

Big Dukes Pond: Beautiful, But No Walk in the Park

Public Lands Profile

By Shan Cammack

Spring rains are eagerly greeted by the colony of wood storks at Big Dukes Pond Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Georgia. The rains fill the Carolina bay beneath the birds, helping guard their nests from predators. Higher water makes it harder for critters like raccoons to reach the tall pond cypress trees where the storks nest. More water also encourages alligators to hang around, another deterrent to predators!

Big Hammock: Land of Surprising Contrasts

Public Lands Profile

By Lisa Kruse

Across its 800 acres, Big Hammock Natural Area showcases a fascinating diversity of natural communities of the lower Atlantic Coastal Plain. For this reason, the property near Glennville was secured by the state in 1973 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1976. Despite past harvest of the native longleaf pine and extensive livestock grazing, significant habitat for rare plant and animal species remains intact.