An 8-mile-long strip of land on South Georgia's Altamaha River soon could be open to the public. The Nature Conservancy has bought a 6,000 acre tract known as Boyles Island in Wayne County. The $8 million-dollar purchase from timber giant Rayonier is expected to become a $4 million sale to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
State biologists say they've spotted a humpback whale off Georgia's coast. The Brunswick News reports that humpback whales are not commonly seen off the coast, though North Atlantic right whales are well-known winter visitors.
Sapelo Island residents say a proposed hike in the island's ferry fee is insult to injury after steep rises in other fees recently. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing raising the one dollar one way fee on the only way on and off the island.
Georgia wildlife officials are saying for the first time that loggerhead sea turtles are recovering along the state's coast after more than 24 years of ups and downs for the threatened species. Department of Natural Resources biologist Mark Dodd said Thursday the giant turtles laid a record number of nests on Georgia beaches for the third straight year this summer.
Georgia wildlife and public safety authorities want drivers to be on the lookout for deer now that fall is in full swing. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams has issued a special warning to drivers in cities and suburbs.