The Georgia Department of Natural Resources board of directors has voted to scale back policing power for some state park rangers. The vote was part of plan to reorganize the department's law enforcement division and the move will consolidate five separate units within the agency into one. The consolidation will be implemented between now and 2018.
Some of Georgia’s physician assistants are actually telling their patients to take a hike – and giving them a free pass to one of Georgia’s state parks to do it. The PAs actually writes a prescription that waives the $5 per car parking fee at any of the state’s parks, recreation areas or historic sites so patients can get exercise and lose weight.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced its offering loaner fishing equipment to budding anglers for free. Officials say visitors should stop by park offices to ask where they can rent equipment for the day.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks. In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn't violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms.
A Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman said that after a resident expressed concerns, management directed state parks’ staff to remove Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until managers can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision.
A new state park opened Friday. Chattahoochee Bend south of Atlanta is the first new one for Georgia in 20 years. The state has made nearly 3,000 acres of forest land along a bend of the Chattahoochee River open to the public.
Georgia has found a marketer to help sell advertising at its state parks to help keep them open. The marketing company the state hired in July is working on commission. It’s in the process of identifying what the parks could offer companies in exchange for sponsorship and what companies would be a good match for the park’s mission and programs.