Starting Monday, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be making repairs to the entrance of the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. This repaving project is expected to take up to two weeks. During this time, traffic will be re-routed around the entrance to the Wildlife Drive.
The temporary entrance may not be suitable for all low-clearance vehicles. When using the temporary entrance drivers are urged to proceed slowly, follow signs and be aware of construction workers.
During this two-week timeframe the Savannah NWR will host the 17th annual mobility-impaired hunt Nov. 13-14.
Fifteen hunters, who are permanently confined to wheelchairs for mobility, were selected to hunt deer and feral hogs on the refuge for the two-day event. In addition to hunting, participants are treated to meals provided by local businesses and organizations. The Savannah Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Georgia Power are each providing lunch one day of the hunt, and Yancey Caterpillar will be preparing a low country boil dinner for the hunters the first evening.
All three groups will have volunteers on-hand to assist the hunters throughout the hunt.
The general public should be advised that the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and all refuge trails north of Highway 170 will be closed beginning at 3 p.m., Nov. 12 and will remain closed through Nov. 14. These areas will re-open at sunrise Nov. 15.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on the agency’s work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.