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                                             Fog settles in below the outline of Johns Mountain north of Rome



*** Hunters Help Farmers -  Wild hogs can be a big problem.  Hunters Helping Farmers is a new program combining the efforts of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help alleviate the agricultural and financial damage caused by these non-native invasive pests. “It is a natural fit to connect hunters and farmers together to try and help solve this growing problem, says Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. ‘”In no way will this be a silver bullet, but hopefully one small way we can help assist in this huge issue for our farmers.”   The goal of the new program is to help facilitate a relationship between farmers looking for ways to control hog issues on their land and hunters looking to hunt them. Interested farmers can register on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at  Information from interested farmers and hunters will be matched based on geographical area and given to the farmer to choose if and when to contact a hunter.  The farmer will be responsible for making all arrangements with the hunter.

*** Bike Ped Plan Update - A session has been scheduled Tuesday October 21 at The Forum, 5:30 p.m. to present the draft master plan for the update of Rome and Floyd County's bike/ped transportation plan.  The purpose of the plan update is to identify funding for priority projects, develop policy related to walking and biking and update the goals related to walking and biking in Rome-Floyd County.   A summary presentation will be given about the draft recommendations.  Copies of the draft master plan as well as summary posters will also be on display to review.  The planning team will be on hand to answer questions and explain draft recommendations.

*** Greenie Awards -  The Coosa River Basin Initative has announced the creation of "Greenie Awards."  The first awards recognizing individuals, companies or non-profit organizations for efforts in sustainability, innovation, water conservation, land protection and outdoor recreation will be given at a "Green Gala" April 2, 2015 at Barnsley Gardens.  Nominations for the first awards will be accepted until December 5.  Nominations can be found at CRBI

*** Leaf Watch - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will host a Leaf Watch website which will post regular updates on the status of the changing colors across the state. The website is chock full of data regarding top trails and overlooks, cabins and campsites along with tips for hikers and photography enthusiasts.Sloppy Floyd State Park at Summerville and Red Top Mountain in Cartersville are among the top 15 parks for fall colors along with Cloudland Canyon and Fort Mountain in northwest Georgia  Visit  Fall Colors.

***Spookapalooza - The DeSoto State Park Spookapalooza Halloween Pumpkin Carving contest is coming up October 20-25. Pumpkins will be available at the parks Country Store beginning October 20. All entries must be turned in to the parks Nature Center by noon October 25  Winners will be announced that night, Saturday, October 25 at 5 pm at the Fire ring in the parks improved campground.  Entries can be picked up the following day, Sunday, October 26.

***Ticket to Ride - The Little River Canyon National Preserve has been awarded a Ticket to Ride Grant which will help financially starpped schools systems with field trip funds to visit the spectacular canyon carved in Lookout Mountain. The grants are made possible thanks to generous gifts from Disney, Subaru of America and Bayer USA and the National Parks Foundation.  To get details regarding access of the funds, contact Ranger Larry Beane at 256-845-9605.

*** Keown Falls Trail -  The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to relocate about 0.5 of a mile of trail at Keown Falls, just across the Floyd-Walker County line. The 1.8 mile loop trail has been earmarked for improvements to re-establish a consistent tread width , proper out-sloping and improve drainage to make the trail more sustainable over the long haul. The work will hopefully eliminate short-cutting and erosion on steeply graded switchbacks. People can comment by fax at 706-695-1972 or by phone to Karen Larsen at 706-695-6736 x-103.  Comments are being received through October 10.

Coming Events

November 1 - Bicycle Safety Day event in Cave Spring.  Community is really getting into cycling!

November 8 - CRBI Annual Catfish Fry - Rome First United Methodist Church  11 am - 3 pm

Januaury 3, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton  17 and 34 mile rides

February 7, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton  17 and 34 mile rides

March 7, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton  17 and 34 miles rides