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New log law takes effect

January 4, 2006

Albany -- Got $10,000, a barge, and some SCUBA gear? You could be on your way to an exciting career in deadhead logging.

By the way, once you get your old-growth logs from the bottom of the Flint or Altamaha River, you'll then have to BUY them from the State of Georgia, which will set the price for your artifacts.

But once that little detail is complete, you can sell your ancient wood to companies who will make beautiful and unique paneling for the very well heeled.

And what does the $10,000 buy you? A permit to mine a two-mile stretch of the river bed, AFTER you've posted a bond -- which won't be more than $50,000.

Deadhead logs were commercially harvested in the nineteenth or twentieth century and sank in a river in the process of being floated to the saw mill. Some logs may have been intentionally sunk for storage.

Only the navigable parts of the Altamaha and Flint Rivers are covered by the new law which takes effect today. The creeks and tributaries of the rivers are not open for logging.

The law, written by Ochlocknee Republican Senator John Bulloch and Lyons Republican Senator Tommie Williams, repeals a 1998 act that prohibited dead head logging in Georgia.

Dead heading has been legal in Florida rivers for many years, but there, as here, environmental groups have raised concerns about stirring up silt on the river beds, which could affect fish and their breeding cycles, and other potential damage to the environment.

You can read the entire new law here .

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