Trump sends park rangers to patrol U.S. border

The Trump administration has ordered park rangers from national parks around the country, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to temporarily relocate to Arizona and Texas to patrol the U.S. border. The move comes as the House of Representatives declined to fund President Trump’s $5 billion border security plan.

The Citizen-Times reports that park rangers from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the National Mall and Zion National Park, among others, have been ordered to send rangers to the border. Park officials report they’ve been informed that their rangers could be stationed at the border through September 2020.

Georgia DNR seeks to fund wildlife viewing projects 

The Georgia State Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals for its Wildlife Viewing Grants Program. The program funds projects that help Georgians enjoy and understand the state’s animals, plants and habitats. Grants are capped at $3,000 per project and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2020. The goal of the program, said Wildlife Conservation Section Chief Dr. Jon Ambrose, is to provide viewing opportunities that increase awareness and appreciation of native animals that aren’t hunted or fished, native plants and natural habitats. 

Grant proposals can include facilities, improvements or other initiatives. Visit www.georgiawildlife.com/WildlifeViewingGrants for details, including instructions on how to apply. Winning grant application will be announced by February 21, 2020.

License-free fishing offered in Florida over Thanksgiving weekend

Heading south for some Vitamin D this Thanksgiving weekend? If so, anglers will want to take advantage of Florida’s license-free saltwater fishing day on Saturday, November 30. Offered to both Florida residents and visitors, license-free fishing days are a great excuse to get out on the water.

The license-free day over Thanksgiving weekend is one of eight license-free days offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. During these license-free days, anglers can fish without first obtaining a fishing license. All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions still apply. To view all fishing regulations visit www.MyFWC.com/Fishing