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    Nathan Weaver
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Helping another one of our foresters prepare a timber sale to thin a stand for #quail habitat improvement. Oh, and check out that morning glory #flower.
#forestry #wildlife #georgiawildlife #georgia #publiclandsproud #mypubliclands
We had a few big #trees drop on Boggs Creek road during hurricane Irma. Moving this one took a while yesterday. I couldn't reach all the way to the middle of this tree with the tree core, but the rings counted more than 70 in the core, and that was only halfway into the tree. So, it was a good bit older than that! We couldn't get a slice of the main trunk to age it that way, we wouldn't have been able to move the trunk if we had.
#forestry #georgia #georgiawildlife #hunting #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #mountains #chestatee #irma
We had a few big #trees  drop on Boggs Creek road during hurricane Irma. Moving this one took a while yesterday. I couldn't reach all the way to the middle of this tree with the tree core, but the rings counted more than 70 in the core, and that was only halfway into the tree. So, it was a good bit older than that! We couldn't get a slice of the main trunk to age it that way, we wouldn't have been able to move the trunk if we had. #forestry  #georgia  #georgiawildlife  #hunting  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #mountains  #chestatee  #irma 
A pool on a tributary to Boggs Creek. Think there might be a #trout in there?
#fishing #wildlife #water #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #georgiawildlife #mountains #georgia
Hearts a bustin, strawberry bush, etc. call it what you will, but the fruit of this plant is unmistakable in the late summer #Appalachian woods. The stems of this #plant are also square, which is a fairly unique feature.
#mountains #georgia #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #georgiawildlife #forestry #botany #hurricaneirma #irma
So our guys just redid this road, put down gravel, and mowed back the brush. Then Irma said I'll show you and took out the trees and half the bank with them. Today we cleared out 2.5 miles of road by wet creek, Chestatee has a lot of storm damage. Yes our dirt really is that red here in #Georgia.
#irma #hurricane #hurricaneirma #wildlife #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #mountains #chestatee
Story of today. Wilson Shoals #Wildlife Management Area was wrecked fairly bad. Several of our main roads were littered with downed trees, knocked over power lines, and debris. We're working hard to get them clean so you guys can go #deer hunt.
#georgia #georgiawildlife #wildlife #hunting #forestry #hurricane #irma #trees #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
Out here assessing storm damage at our #wildlife management areas today. This #tree at one of the storage sheds fell in the best place it could have. Literally any other direction and it would have destroyed a shed, a tractor, or the fence shown here. Close call guys. Stay safe! Time to bust out the chainsaw 😊
#georgiawildlife #georgia #hunting #forestry #wildlifemanagement #storms #irma #hurricane #chainsaw
Look at all those ferns. #Sheffield WMA experienced fire suppression for decades. Our biologists and technicians have worked slowly over the years to reduce the duff layer and expose the mineral soil through low intensity prescribed fire. Duff is the layer of decomposing organic matter like leaves. You have to do it slowly or you'll harm the feeder roots of the trees that are near the surface, eventually killing the tree itself. A hot #fire that burns off all the duff at once might kill them.
#georgiawildlife #nature #hunting #forestry #longleaf #plants #georgia #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
Look at all those ferns. #Sheffield  WMA experienced fire suppression for decades. Our biologists and technicians have worked slowly over the years to reduce the duff layer and expose the mineral soil through low intensity prescribed fire. Duff is the layer of decomposing organic matter like leaves. You have to do it slowly or you'll harm the feeder roots of the trees that are near the surface, eventually killing the tree itself. A hot #fire  that burns off all the duff at once might kill them. #georgiawildlife  #nature  #hunting  #forestry  #longleaf  #plants  #georgia  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud 
Checking out a low density stand of #longleaf pine at #Sheffield #Wildlife Management Area. We're working on a massive montane longleaf restoration at paulding and Sheffield WMAs, but on this day we were out with a graduate student who is planning their graduate research on herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) within montane longleaf communities.
#georgia #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlifemanagement #reptiles #amphibians #trees #forestry #habitat
Checking out a low density stand of #longleaf  pine at #Sheffield  #Wildlife  Management Area. We're working on a massive montane longleaf restoration at paulding and Sheffield WMAs, but on this day we were out with a graduate student who is planning their graduate research on herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) within montane longleaf communities. #georgia  #georgiawildlife  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #wildlifemanagement  #reptiles  #amphibians  #trees  #forestry  #habitat 
The lowers at mount #Yonah in north Georgia. The main face gets too hot this time of year, but the shaded lower wall provides a more comfortable summer climbing opportunity. I'm thrilled that public land like this are available near where I live, and I hope that we maintain public land access throughout this country. There are those who seek to change this, particularly out west.
#mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #georgia #climbing #mountains #chattahoochee #rockclimbing #toprope #nature
The lowers at mount #Yonah  in north Georgia. The main face gets too hot this time of year, but the shaded lower wall provides a more comfortable summer climbing opportunity. I'm thrilled that public land like this are available near where I live, and I hope that we maintain public land access throughout this country. There are those who seek to change this, particularly out west. #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #georgia  #climbing  #mountains  #chattahoochee  #rockclimbing  #toprope  #nature 
A small green #anole found while checking on some fire breaks and a potential #shortleaf line restoration site. This fella was hanging out on the bull bars of the ATV.
#wildlife #georgia #georgiawildlife #forestry #atv #mountains #lizard #nature #publiclandsproud #mypubliclands
#Fire damage seen from above on rocky face. This wildfire burned last fall during our historic drought here in #Georgia. We had 90 days or more without significant rainfall in most of central and north Georgia. This was double the previous record of 44 or so days depending on the location. So far we've had a wet year, here's to hoping that continues.
#wildfire #mountains #firefighting #helicopter #georgiawildlife #drought #dalton
#Fire  damage seen from above on rocky face. This wildfire burned last fall during our historic drought here in #Georgia . We had 90 days or more without significant rainfall in most of central and north Georgia. This was double the previous record of 44 or so days depending on the location. So far we've had a wet year, here's to hoping that continues. #wildfire  #mountains  #firefighting  #helicopter  #georgiawildlife  #drought  #dalton 
Second thinning operation at #Paulding Forest #Wildlife Management Area. We're shooting for 60ish basal area, it's coming along well. The increased sunlight will allow more understory growth, aka critter food.
#georgiawildlife #habitatmanagement #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #nature #forestry #logging #wildlifemanagement #georgia
From the top of the Chimneys at Linville Gorge. The gorge is a haven for rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts in western North Carolina, right off the blue ridge parkway. It's technically a wilderness area, so come prepared with plenty of food and water if you'll be here a while.
#mountains #nature #climbing #hiking #rockclimbing #wilderness #carolina #northcarolina #linvillegorge #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
Keeping it old school. Some crews like the classic trucks. They'll use them to move the load closer to the paved road, where a newer truck can take it to the mill.
#logging #forestry #sustainableforestry #whatdoyouwipewith #georgia #nature #trucks #heavymachine
The juvenile eastern spotted newt, in its red eft phase. This is a cool critter. The larvae are aquatic, the juveniles become terrestrial, and the adults return to water and regrow gills. The adults become an olive green color. The eft phase is also toxic, don't eat them :) #nature #salamander #mountains #carolina #northcarolina #blueridgeparkway #hiking #water
Anna Ruby Falls in the north #Georgia #mountains. This hike can be accessed via the forest service lot and a half mile hike, or a 4.5 mile hike from Unicoi State Park. Come on a weekday to avoid the crowds!
#georgiawildlife #gastateparks #waterfall #river #fishing #hiking #water #nature #forest
The Golden Gate Bridge, with San Fransisco in the background, seen from the Marin Headlands. It's a short drive and has several rewarding scenic overlooks of the bay. I think it's the best view of the city!
#sanfrancisco #california #travel #goldengatebridge #nature #cities #america #history #roadtrip