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    Nathan Weaver
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Allegheny Chinquapin, also called dwarf chestnut, found at Dawson forest WMA. This is our other native species in the genus Castanea, unfortunately also susceptible to the chestnut blight that took out the American chestnut tree. They grow more like large shrubs, this one was approaching 12 feet in height.
#forestry #wildlife #georgia #georgiawildlife #hunting #trees #dendrology #mountains #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #chestnut #chinquapin
Spurred butterfly pea, Centrosema virginianum, in bloom on River Creek WMA down in South Georgia.
#georgia #forestry #georgiawildlife #logging #flowers #wildflower #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
Thick vegetation. I love all the green, but it’s diamondback country and you can bet I have on snake boots in here!
#forestry #wildlife #georgia #rivercreek #logging #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
After a small thunderstorm earlier today at Dawson forest. Whenever I’m in this area I try to pop over and check out this freshly planted shortleaf pine (you can see the rows of you look close), and adjacent stand of American chestnut hybrids.
#forestry #georgiawildlife #wildlife #logging #hunting #chestnut #americanchestnut #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #mountains #georgia
A shot I got of Brandon on the Chimneys at Linville Gorge earlier this summer. Linville gorge really is a unique geological feature and to many it doesn’t look like something you’d see on the east coast.
If you’ve never been, you need to see the gorge.
#hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #mountains #linvillegorge #northcarolina
Some montane longleaf pine that was planted 3.5 years ago and is starting to candlestick. This is one of my favorite things about this tree, doesn’t that look cool? It has spent three years establishing a tap root, and now it’s shooting up to the sky! It’s part of our 8,000 acre montane longleaf restoration at paulding forest WMA, a Georgia DNR partnership with the nature conservancy. 
#trees #forestry #wildlife #georgiawildlife #hunting #logging #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #georgia #longleaf
Some montane longleaf pine that was planted 3.5 years ago and is starting to candlestick. This is one of my favorite things about this tree, doesn’t that look cool? It has spent three years establishing a tap root, and now it’s shooting up to the sky! It’s part of our 8,000 acre montane longleaf restoration at paulding forest WMA, a Georgia DNR partnership with the nature conservancy. #trees  #forestry  #wildlife  #georgiawildlife  #hunting  #logging  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #georgia  #longleaf 
This is what a clearcut looks like a year after the fact. It’s not quite as scary as those “stop cutting the trees” campaigns imply, and we will replant this in longleaf pine. When done properly and on the right scale, a clearcut can be beneficial to many species of wildlife (game and non game) and we work hard to meet erosion control and clean water measures. For reference, this is 54 acres in a 25,000 acre forest.

It’s a little early in the year for beetles surveys. But we had the most southern line beetle activity in the state just a few miles from us last year. Some spots have already picked up in that area, so I wanted to look for anything new on us.
#forestry #georgiawildlife #wildlife #georgia #helicopter #wildlifemanagement #logging #hunting #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #pauldingforest
This is what a clearcut looks like a year after the fact. It’s not quite as scary as those “stop cutting the trees” campaigns imply, and we will replant this in longleaf pine. When done properly and on the right scale, a clearcut can be beneficial to many species of wildlife (game and non game) and we work hard to meet erosion control and clean water measures. For reference, this is 54 acres in a 25,000 acre forest. It’s a little early in the year for beetles surveys. But we had the most southern line beetle activity in the state just a few miles from us last year. Some spots have already picked up in that area, so I wanted to look for anything new on us. #forestry  #georgiawildlife  #wildlife  #georgia  #helicopter  #wildlifemanagement  #logging  #hunting  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #pauldingforest 
Upland Savannah about 2.5 months post burn at Dawson Forest WMA. Growing season burns tend to do a better job at keeping hardwood saplings from overtaking the understory, and let the grasses and forbs really flourish. But you’ve got to do several dormant season burns before you can begin growing season, to prevent burning too much of the duff layer (organic matter like leaf litter), and destroying the feeder routes of your canopy trees that are just below the soil surface.
#forestry #wildlife #georgia #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlifemanagement #hunting #logging #fire #prescribedfire #wildfire
Upland Savannah about 2.5 months post burn at Dawson Forest WMA. Growing season burns tend to do a better job at keeping hardwood saplings from overtaking the understory, and let the grasses and forbs really flourish. But you’ve got to do several dormant season burns before you can begin growing season, to prevent burning too much of the duff layer (organic matter like leaf litter), and destroying the feeder routes of your canopy trees that are just below the soil surface. #forestry  #wildlife  #georgia  #georgiawildlife  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #wildlifemanagement  #hunting  #logging  #fire  #prescribedfire  #wildfire 
Sunset from round bald, just north of Roan Mountain along the Appalachian Trail. A great place to camp! Did you know the Appalachians did have natural balds? But it’s not because they were above the tree line. The balds were maintained by fire and grazing by deer, elk, and possibly bison.
#wildife #hiking #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #appalachiantrail #roanmountain #appalachia #appalachianbalds #forestry #tennessee #northcarolina #deer #elk #bison
Compression falls, along the Elk River in North Carolina. A gorgeous waterfall that involves a bit of a dangerous hike down into the gorge. If you come, it’s worth it, but bring good shoes and water! And yes you can jump or slide off the falls and yes we did. Again, be very careful and make sure to test the water first for strong currents. DO NOT jump at high water levels after a rain.
#waterfall #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #northcarolina #hiking #cliffjumping #river #mountains
Compression falls, along the Elk River in North Carolina. A gorgeous waterfall that involves a bit of a dangerous hike down into the gorge. If you come, it’s worth it, but bring good shoes and water! And yes you can jump or slide off the falls and yes we did. Again, be very careful and make sure to test the water first for strong currents. DO NOT jump at high water levels after a rain. #waterfall  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #northcarolina  #hiking  #cliffjumping  #river  #mountains 
I was bearly able to see this track in the hard clay. Bear in mind it hasn't rained in a few days, and in the bright sun I couldn't bear to keep trying to get photos.
Black bear track at Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. Anyone got any puns? I'm out.
#georgia #georgiawildlife #bear #blackbear #mountains #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #hiking #forestry #wildlife #hunting
A few years out from a second thinning at paulding forest. I'm doing another second thinning adjacent to this.
#georgia #georgiawildlife #wildlife #forestry #logging #wildlifemanagement #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #woods #nature
Sunset and silhouettes atop Haleakala. You have to get a reservation for sunrise, but sunset is better anyway... you will be fighting a crowd though. The buildings in the back are part of the observatory. 
#maui #hawaii #sunset #haleakala #haleakalanationalpark #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #nationalpark #mountains #volcano
Hiking the 11.7 miles from Haleakala summit to the halemau'u trailhead, through the crater. If you ever find yourself on Maui and want to escape the crowds, this is the place to do it. Once down the descent trail into the bottom, we only saw seven other people over the next 9 miles.
#hiking #hawaii #maui #wilderness #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #volcano #lava #10kfeet
Hawaiian green turtles, also called honu, basking on a beach on the leeward side of Maui. This is a somewhat rare behavior that has increased in prevalence on Maui in the past decade. There are a few places where you're almost guaranteed to see them in the late afternoon or evening, but please keep your distance and DO NOT take flash photography.
#turtle #hawaii #maui #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #seaturtle #vacation #beach #ocean #swimming #snorkeling #nature #reptiles
Hawaiian green turtles, also called honu, basking on a beach on the leeward side of Maui. This is a somewhat rare behavior that has increased in prevalence on Maui in the past decade. There are a few places where you're almost guaranteed to see them in the late afternoon or evening, but please keep your distance and DO NOT take flash photography. #turtle  #hawaii  #maui  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #seaturtle  #vacation  #beach  #ocean  #swimming  #snorkeling  #nature  #reptiles 
A river otter at the North Carolina zoo that was ticketed out. I'd recommend a trip to the NC zoo anytime, located in the small city of Asheboro!
#zoos #stream #otter #riverotter #walking #conservation #mammal #cute #ottersofinstagram
A rainbow in the west Maui mountains, seen from front street in Lahaina. The west Maui mountains are the second wettest place on earth.
#mountains #hawaii #maui #lahaina #fishing #birds #ocean #beach #rainbow #travel
Nakalele blowhole on the northern tip of the island of Maui. It's a lava tube that blows out ocean water when waves hit the opening at the bottom. Getting too close could get you sucked back in and killed!
#maui #hawaii #ocean #lava #hiking #pacific #travel #pacificocean #lavatube #fish