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The SCA interns Emily Sloane and Dave Riddell have been hard at work for about 7 weeks now with about 7 more weeks to go till their internship is over. 

The following are the projects they have worked on and the partners they worked with so far.
After some last minute housing challenges and financial assistance from the Jekyll Island Authority and GA DNR Nongame the interns spent their first month living on Jekyll Island. They have since moved to the newly acquired Altama Plantation to a nice but rustic (ie no furniture/tv/internet) cabin and seem to be adjusting well to the relative isolation. 
For the First Week the SCA interns worked with a College of Coastal Georgia Intern (Jessica Ahl) on a project to re-map the locations of the invasive Apple Snail in Coastal Georgia. Focusing on Kingsland / St. Mary's and the Pooler area. They will be conducting several volunteer removal days. October 17th in Kingsland and October 24th in Pooler. Contact Emily at if you can help. 
The Second Week they worked with GA DNR Fisheries Management and helped remove 473 flathead catfish that weighed a total of over 2,400lbs from the Satilla River. This is part of a project initiated in 1996 with a total of 67,433 flathead catfish that have since been removed from the Satilla River. 
They started the Third Week helping propagate Native Plants for Coastal WildScapes' annual Fall Native Plant Sale. Then they spent 2 days on Ossabaw Island helping monitor long-term vegetation plots looking at the effects of several herbicide treatments on Chinese Tallow tree. The last two days that week they worked with the Savannah Tree Foundation and residents in The Landings in Savannah. Here they were treating more Chinese Tallow tree using the Hack and Squirt method. 
The Fourth and Fifth Week they split their time between Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. On Little St. Simons Island they mapped locations of Salt Cedar and other invasive species. On Jekyll they treated Salt Ceder, Chinese Tallow tree, Japanese Climbing fern and Chinese Privet. 
The Sixth Week Emily and Dave headed up to Skidaway State Park for three days Hack and Squirting Chinese Tallow tree. Then headed to Sapelo Island to monitor long-term herbicide treatment plots as well as a day treating Chinese Tallow tree. 
We began the Seventh Week working with the GA DNR CRD staff to chip and mulch previously treated Salt Cedar trees to use in beautifying the Earth Day Nature trail in preparation for this year's CoastFest event. 
For the middle of Seventh Week they switched things up and focused on treated the invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in and around the Altamaha River Delta. These are sites that have been treated annually over the last five years. 
Rounding out the Seventh Week of the internship Dave and Emily did an excellent job representing the CoGA CISMA at the annual CoastFest event at the GA DNR Coastal Headquarters. 
The adventures of Dave and Emily are far from over. We will send out updates on the next chapter of their time in coastal Georgia in a few weeks. They will be giving their final presentations on Nov. 24th. at the Brunswick DNR HQ. 
Thank you to the partners they have worked with so far! Collaboration is one of the best ways to fight invasive species. 

The End ... for now!

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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