Category Archives: Clyde’s Weekly Column

Up and Down Leaf Report

Despite the cool temperatures – it was 26 this morning – fall still seems to be late. There’s a lot of color in the woods, and some of the oaks haven’t turned at all. On a cloudy day, there doesn’t … Continue reading

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Rain, Blessed Rain

Our rainfall total for October was 6.79 as of yesterday at Merciers weather station. That puts us at 59.61 total for the year, in sight of the annual average, which I think is still at about 70 inches. It’s a … Continue reading

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Wonderful Cool Morning, Drone Shot of New Fire Station with Invitation to Open House on August 30

I got up early to see if I could see any of the Perseid meteor showers from the deck. The moon was full last night, and the mercury vapor security light over on Dividing Ridge sure didn’t help things any, … Continue reading

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Hot Weather, Deadline to Comment on Forest Service Rule Changes Extended, Endangered Species Act Gutted, Stan Helton Shares Millage Rates Comparison

We’ve had some very hot days, with the hottest being 88 on our porch. That’s very unusual, but if we do have it, it’s usually in August. Of course, it was 98 in Atlanta at the time, so things could … Continue reading

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My Comment on Proposed Forest Service Rule Changes

Someone asked me what I said in my comment to the Forest Service on the proposed rule changes, which seek to severely limit public comment on the Forest Service’s management plans and activities. So … here’s what I wrote. “The … Continue reading

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Recent Fannin County Commission Meetings Now Online

Fannin County Commission Chairman Stan Helton asked me to help spread the word about the fact that recent County Commission meetings are now available online. Stan expressed the hope that it would lead to better informed citizens. http://www.fannincountyga.com

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More on Forest Service Rule Changes and the BLM

Here’s the most comprehensive article I’ve seen on the proposed changes and current threats to public land under management by the Bureau of Land Management. There is a link at the bottom to comment on the proposed Forest Service rule … Continue reading

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More on New BLM Chief and Why It Matters Here

Here’s a much more detailed article on the new Bureau of Land Management chief from the Washington Post. They have a pay wall, of course, but they let you read a few articles a month for free. I realize that … Continue reading

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New Acting Director of Bureau of Land Management Wants to Sell Our Land

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers has issued a call to action in opposition to the newly designated Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management. He wants to … yes, sell all public lands. While this is currently primarily an issue … Continue reading

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More on Forest Service’s Proposed Rule Changes

Here’s a link to a Georgia ForestWatch discussion of the proposed rule changes. Your comments are needed by August 12. https://gafw.org/neparulechange/ There is also a longer discussion in this newsletter. https://gafw.org/summer2019newsletter/

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