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.
A bill in the state Senate would make it easier for private companies to invest money in river infrastructure. State Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) is sponsoring the measure because he says local officials need flexibility in getting financing for reservoirs. He says the bill is aimed at new water infrastructure and not the Savannah harbor deepening project, for which state officials are urgently seeking funds.
Most of the state's high-speed rail projects are waiting for federal grant money to move forward. The state applied for 60 million dollars to study lines from Atlanta to Charlotte, to Macon, and to Savannah. State transportation officials say they should know by mid –October how much Georgia will get.