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    Nathan Weaver
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The fire got away from us on Thursday. This happens from time to time so we are always prepared. Normally we would take care of spots like this with leaf blowers, fire rakes, and water. But we happened to have a #bulldozer handy and one of our guys needed more experience plowing a break. We call them "prescribed" burns, not "controlled". We don't want to give ourselves the illusion that we are really in control of the flame. This is one that it killed me to put out, it was a beautiful backing fire going down the hill, it would have been great for the understory.
#fire #wildfire #forestry #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #firefighting #prescribed fire
The fire got away from us on Thursday. This happens from time to time so we are always prepared. Normally we would take care of spots like this with leaf blowers, fire rakes, and water. But we happened to have a #bulldozer  handy and one of our guys needed more experience plowing a break. We call them "prescribed" burns, not "controlled". We don't want to give ourselves the illusion that we are really in control of the flame. This is one that it killed me to put out, it was a beautiful backing fire going down the hill, it would have been great for the understory. #fire  #wildfire  #forestry  #georgiawildlife  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #firefighting  #prescribed  fire
Prescribed fire is an important management tool here in the southeast, and we lead by example in the use of it. Prescribed fire can be used to reduce fuels and thus #wildfire risk, create quality #habitat, prepare an area for planting, etc. It's also fun...
#georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #fire #forestry #prescribedfire #georgia #firefighting #nature #mountains #logging
Burn season is officially underway, for me at least! After weeks of fighting schedules and weather I finally got in my first burn of the season. This was a a site prep burn, where we're preparing an area to be planted. Here will be #shortleaf pine. Site prep burns are fun, we basically just go for nuke level intensity. It did escape once today but some quick work with the #bulldozer contained it.
#fire #prescribedfire #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlife #georgiawildlife #forestry #wildfire #firefighting
Burn season is officially underway, for me at least! After weeks of fighting schedules and weather I finally got in my first burn of the season. This was a a site prep burn, where we're preparing an area to be planted. Here will be #shortleaf  pine. Site prep burns are fun, we basically just go for nuke level intensity. It did escape once today but some quick work with the #bulldozer  contained it. #fire  #prescribedfire  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #wildlife  #georgiawildlife  #forestry  #wildfire  #firefighting 
I'm really glad the drought index for November this year does not match 2016. Thankful we've had some decent rain through the fall and no big fire season this year. The second image (2017) is what it's supposed to look like. The only reason the coast isn't so high in 2016 is because of hurricane Matthew. A KDBI over 700 here in Georgia is insane. Our trees aren't adapted to prolonged drought like this, and we will see the effects of last years dry fall for years to come. Maps credited to the Georgia forestry commission.
#KDBI #drought #georgia #fire #wildfire #mountains #wildlandfirefighter #forestry #wildlife #nature #rain
I'm really glad the drought index for November this year does not match 2016. Thankful we've had some decent rain through the fall and no big fire season this year. The second image (2017) is what it's supposed to look like. The only reason the coast isn't so high in 2016 is because of hurricane Matthew. A KDBI over 700 here in Georgia is insane. Our trees aren't adapted to prolonged drought like this, and we will see the effects of last years dry fall for years to come. Maps credited to the Georgia forestry commission. #KDBI  #drought  #georgia  #fire  #wildfire  #mountains  #wildlandfirefighter  #forestry  #wildlife  #nature  #rain 
This gorgeous waterfall can be found on the wildcat wayside trail right off of highway 11 in upstate South Carolina. It's a short walk through a dense Appalachian cove, loaded with large white #pine and unfortunately many dying #hemlocks.
#hiking #carolina #southcarolina #forestry #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #waterfall #scupstate #yeahthatgreenville #appalachian
I see you there bud. Black bellied salamander. The wolf, the alpha predator, of the small fish-less streams of east. Macro invertebrates live in fear of this vicious creature 😉
#salamander #southcarolina #carolina #mountains #amphibians #mypubliclandsproud #publiclandsproud #wolf #hiking
I was having a good time, and then some kids showed up and started spray painting right in front of me. I know it's already covered in it, but come on guys. Leave no trace! Take only pictures leave only footprints, I don't care how close to a road it is.
#vandalism #southcarolina #carolina #greenville #yeahthatgreenville #hiking #fall #nature #mountains
That's a nice waterfall you've got there Cloudland Canyon. A short, but difficult, two mile hike can take you to the base of both Cherokee and Hemlock falls.
#wandernorthga #georgiawildlife #gastateparks #cloudland #georgia #mountains #hiking #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
Cloudland Canyon State Park in northwest #Georgia. In my opinion it feels like another world here, not the southeastern United States.
#georgiawildlife #gastateparks #forestry #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #canyon #fall #leaves #trees #mountains
Amicalola Falls was on fire today with #fall foliage. Get up to the north #Georgia mountains while it's hot!
#mountains #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #waterfall #amicalolafalls #hiking #forestry
DEPLOY! Wild land fire fighting refresher course. Practicing fire shelter deployment. These are your absolute last resort on the fire line, but are deployed when the fire is inevitably about to overtake the crew. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, hoping to never need to use one but to always be ready if it's needed. The real ones are silver.
#fire #firefighting #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlandfirefighter #georgiawildlife #forestry #amicalolafalls #georgia
Working on clearing timber off the old landfill at Pigeon Mountain, so that environmental protection division can replace the soil cap. The landfill was shut down for illegal dumping of carpet waste, creating a toxic superfund site. This will be an interesting one. Spongy, soft spots, erosion gullies, and random cliffs like this dot the site. We are then going to manage the site for small game hunting and early successional habitat.
#pigeonmountain #mountains #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlifemanagement #wildlife #hunting #rocks #georgia #superfund #toxic #forestry #logging
Working on clearing timber off the old landfill at Pigeon Mountain, so that environmental protection division can replace the soil cap. The landfill was shut down for illegal dumping of carpet waste, creating a toxic superfund site. This will be an interesting one. Spongy, soft spots, erosion gullies, and random cliffs like this dot the site. We are then going to manage the site for small game hunting and early successional habitat. #pigeonmountain  #mountains  #georgiawildlife  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #wildlifemanagement  #wildlife  #hunting  #rocks  #georgia  #superfund  #toxic  #forestry  #logging 
From #deserts to #rainforests, lava tubes to coral reefs, mauka or makai, Maui has it all. I was thinking about my time there today and how much I miss the island and the folks I met there. Maui no ka oi. I need another #Maui trip in my future. Anyone wanna fund it? The sea even turned me blonde :)
#hawaii #nature #hilife #hi #surfing #mountains #water #silversword #fishing #scuba #island #808 #rainbowsurfhostel
I apologize for the plethora of leaf photos guys. It's gonna be that way for a little bit. North #Georgia is showing off, she can't help it. Did you know Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA is our most visited WMA, with over 200,000 hunters, cavers, climbers, hang gliders, horseback riders, etc. per year.
#fall #mountains #pigeonmountain #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #leaves #georgiawildlife
Taken this morning at Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Area (on the job not hunting). Firearms #deer season has started here in #Georgia, and it's gotten good and cool. I've had to start decking out in orange. Anyone get one yet?
#georgiawildlife #hunting #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #mountains #fall #wildlife #deerhunting
#Fall. Did you know some plants lose their leaves based on photoperiod (day length) and some lose them due to the dropping temperature? That's why fall can be different every year.
#leaves #carolina #northcarolina #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #rockclimbing #hiking #trees #color #nature #climbing #mountains
Linville gorge, looking upriver towards table rock mountain. I will never grow tired of this place. Fall is starting to pop in the mountains of western NC, come get it while it's hot! It's been a little weird this year because Irma brought cold air to the mountains early, starting fall at high elevations. But persistent warm weather has delayed it for lower elevations, breaking it up.
#mountains #climbing #rockclimbing #carolina #linvillegorge #hiking #camping #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #natureporn #northcarolina #blackdiamond #mammut
Linville gorge, looking upriver towards table rock mountain. I will never grow tired of this place. Fall is starting to pop in the mountains of western NC, come get it while it's hot! It's been a little weird this year because Irma brought cold air to the mountains early, starting fall at high elevations. But persistent warm weather has delayed it for lower elevations, breaking it up. #mountains  #climbing  #rockclimbing  #carolina  #linvillegorge  #hiking  #camping  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #natureporn  #northcarolina  #blackdiamond  #mammut 
Anna Ruby Falls this weekend, just outside of Helen, #Georgia. Spotted a black bellied salamander from 15 feet away, I've still got it! Yes I'm one of those few #salamander guys that doesn't usually go out looking for them as a hobby, but if I find one while doing other things I'm happy :) Did you know that many areas and states even require a collection permit to go grabbing them? I'm ok with that, less stress for the critters. They're a great educational species and a great way to engage kids with wildlife though, but make it science and it's even better.
#waterfalls #helengeorgia #oktoberfest #helenoktoberfest #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #rivers #fishing #nature #georiawildlife
Anna Ruby Falls this weekend, just outside of Helen, #Georgia . Spotted a black bellied salamander from 15 feet away, I've still got it! Yes I'm one of those few #salamander  guys that doesn't usually go out looking for them as a hobby, but if I find one while doing other things I'm happy :) Did you know that many areas and states even require a collection permit to go grabbing them? I'm ok with that, less stress for the critters. They're a great educational species and a great way to engage kids with wildlife though, but make it science and it's even better. #waterfalls  #helengeorgia  #oktoberfest  #helenoktoberfest  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #rivers  #fishing  #nature  #georiawildlife