From the Aug. 20, 2014 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
A special ceremony was held on Tuesday, August 12 to celebrate the opening of the Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This 10,800-acre tract spans north central Marion County and southern Talbot County. WMAs offer hunting and other recreational opportunities to the public.
A large group of federal, state, and local officials was on hand at property formerly owned by the Vaughn Family in Marion County to hear about the site, eat some local barbecue provided by the BBQ Shack of nearby Oakland (which received rave reviews), and take a trolley ride through some of the property.
This new WMA was created through a unique partnership between the Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Army at Fort Benning.
The Nature Conservancy is a huge organization that describes itself as "the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters." In our area, it is particularly concerned with the longleaf pine and gopher tortoise habitats being restored. The group bought the 10,800 acres – including 2,500 in Marion County – from willing sellers as part of ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.
The recent opening ceremony for the new Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area focused on a lot of positive things – preservation of the land and wildlife, hunting, outdoor recreation, and the area economy getting a boost from more hunters visiting and spending money while they are here.
However, no mention was made of how the WMA will impact property taxes.
The ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.