Twelve organizations are uniting their efforts to restore longleaf pine forests in Georgia. The forests are seen as critical for wildlife. They also benefit timber production. The effort is part of a multi-state coming together of public and private groups aimed at longleaf restoration.
Three Georgia politicians have written to President Barack Obama urging him to include the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project authorization increase in his budget amendment to Congress. The president’s budget allocated just $1.28 million for the harbor expansion project — which is expected to cost $652 million.
Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss has joined several Republicans who have recently said they will consider new revenue as part of a deal to cut federal spending and pay down debt. The lawmakers are backing away from a no-new-taxes pledge they signed from Grover Norquist’s powerful anti-tax group.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Monday the looming fiscal cliff would devastate military contractors and communities around Georgia military bases that depend on those companies. But he said massive cuts in federal spending would do damage throughout the economy.
Officials at Fort Benning say a plan to expand training land at the post by 82,800 acres has been put on hold. Post officials issued a statement Thursday saying issues have arisen that make it necessary to delay a decision. The considerations include a shrinking federal budget and community concerns.