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The AmeriCorps NCCC Team has already come and gone. They arrived on April 10th and worked with various partners and projects till May 12th. It was a very busy and productive five weeks. The team worked very hard and we thank them for the work they accomplished during their short time here. The partners and projects are highlighted below.
Project 1. Invasive Water Hyacinth control on the Altamaha River. The crew lead by GA DNR Nongame Conservation Section biologist Eamonn Leonard spent three days paddling in the Altamaha River Delta treating Water Hyacinth. We were assisted by Adren Anderson with GA DNR Nongame Sea Turtle program, and Davy Dinkins and Robert Horan with GA DNR Game Management. The Altamaha and Satilla Riverkeepers helped with the pre-project scouting of infested locations. 
Project 1b. During the first week we took one day to head up to the Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center to remove the invasive Japanese honeysuckle. We also released 600 alligatorweed flea beetles as a biocontrol against the invasive alligatorweed. 
Project 2. At the end of week 1 and into week 2 the team headed over to the Smith House in Brunswick to work with Taylor Davis at the Historic Brunswick Foundation. They built a privacyfence, cleaned up debris at the site, removed some modern additions to the historic structure, removed unwanted vegetation, and removed deteriorating wood on the front porch.   
Project 3. Towards the end of week 2 the team headed inland to the sandhills at Townsend WMA to work with GA DNR Nongame biologists Garret Anderson and Eamonn Leonard, and GA DNR Game Management biologists Kara Nitschke and Robert Horan removing the invasive Sand Pine in the Longleaf Pine scrub oak sandhill woodland restoration sites. This project also included work to improve the habitat of the rare Radford's Mint and gopher tortoises.   
Project 4. In the middle of week 3 the team worked with GA DNR Coastal Resources Staffer Kelly Hill and GA DNR Nongame biologist Eamonn Leonard to create a new entrance to the Earth Day Nature Trail at the DNR Coastal HQ. The team installed new edging, cut down and chipped previously treated invasive Salt Cedar trees, and used this material to mulch the new trail head.    
Project 5. At the end of week 3 the team headed over to Cannon's Point to work with Stephanie Knox, Susan Shipman and Henry Ansley with the St Simons Land Trust. Projects at Cannon's Point included the installation of a native plant garden at the entrance sign, trails cleanup, and bagging oysters for the living shoreline installation.   
Project 6. The end of week 4 and working into week 5 had the team headed to Sapelo Island to work with Fred Hay with GA DNR Game Management, Aimee Gaddis with the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Eamonn Leonard. Here the team focused on treating the invasive Chinese Tallow. They also helped clean up the native plant garden at Long Tabby, did clean up and trails work around the Sapelo Island Visitors center. 
A Special Thanks to all of the project partners and to the Boys and Girls Club of Glynn County for providing housing for the team while they worked on the mainland projects. To the YMCA of Glynn county for providing shower facilities. And thanks to those who donated food during the project period. Including, Skippers and B&J who donated food for our going away appreciation lunch. 
Looking ahead...
As we have for the last two summers we will be getting two SCA interns. They will be funded by The Nature Conservancy. This year we will have them work for 15 weeks starting in early  August instead of in June as in years past to better align their work during our heavy invasive species treatment period. Be thinking of projects you would like them to help you work on. Deadline to submit potential projects is June 30th.  
If you are new to this list the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CoGA CISMA) is an alliance of state, federal, county, non-profits, and volunteer agencies and organizations focused on invasive species issues in the 11 county coastal region of Georgia. 
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