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Subject 391-4-7 PROTECTED WILDLIFE HABITATS

Rule 391-4-7-.01 Purpose

The purpose of these rules is to implement the authority of the Board of Natural Resources to promulgate rules and regulations for wildlife protection, preservation, and management pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 27-1-6(1)(B); to protect natural areas as provided by the Georgia Natural Areas Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-3-90et seq.; and pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 27-1-33; and for the management and use of heritage preserves as provided by O.C.G.A. § 12-3-74(a)(1). The purpose also includes the implementation of the Governor's dedication of the islands named in Rule 391-4-7-.03 as heritage preserves.

Rule 391-4-7-.02 Definitions

For the purpose of these rules and regulations, "Pet" means those taxa of animals which have traditionally lived in a state of dependence on and under the domination and control of humans and have been kept as tame pets, including cats and dogs.

Rule 391-4-7-.03 Shorebird and Sea Bird Habitat Protection

(1) In order to protect habitat for shorebirds and sea birds, except as provided in paragraph (d) of this subsection (1), no person shall:
(a) Enter those natural areas known as Egg Island Bar Natural Area, Satilla River Marsh Island Natural Area, or St. Catherines Island Bar Natural Area at any time.
(b) Enter that portion of Williamson Island which has been designated by signs indicating that the area is closed to human access. This closed area will be approximately 1,000 feet in length and of varying width, depending upon the width of the dry sand beach, and will be located at least 50 feet landward of the mean high tide line. The closed area will not include the northern and southern ends of the island or the ocean-facing beach.
(c) Enter that portion of Pelican Spit Natural Area which has been designated by signs indicating that the area is closed to human access. This closed area will include the interior portion of the island and the southeastern spit. The closed area will not include the southwestern beach, Hampton River Beach, the northeastern spit, or the ocean-facing beach.
(d) The restrictions in this chapter do not apply to the properly authorized actions of contractors and associates of the department when conducting research and monitoring activities for birds on these islands, or when responding to stranded marine mammals or other emergencies.
(2) Pets.
(a) Pets are not permitted on Egg Island Bar Natural Area, Pelican Spit Natural Area, Satilla River Marsh Island Natural Area, St. Catherines Island Bar Natural Area, or Williamson Island.