Wood storks, sand hill cranes, Florida water rats, and other wildlife species in Georgia have gained new habitat thanks to a strategic approach to land management. Whenever possible, the Georgia Department of Transportation locates wetland mitigation sites next to lands managed by the state's Department of Natural Resources, creating an easier-to-manage continuous green space. Rangers expand their patrolling of currently managed lands to include the newly added mitigation sites and they conduct controlled burns, selective timbering, and other activities that have had a positive effect on the success rate and quality of mitigation sites. The strategy reduces the Department's site-management and monitoring costs and allows the resource agency to offer the increased acreage to the public for hunting and fishing.
--Apr 25, 2003
|Georgia Department of Transportation photo|
|Sign at Bullard Creek Wetland Mitigation Area|