Troupville River Camp not on GOSP approved projects: try again this year 2020-01-22

There is a list approved by Georgia DNR for grants from the Georgia Outdoor Stewardshp Program (GOSP), but Troupville River Camp is not on it:

[GOSP Proposal of Approved Conservation Projects]
Georgia Reporter: GOSP Proposal of Approved Conservation Projects; see also PDF.

The GOSP web page says pre-applicants will be notified February 3, 2020, but the GOSP board apparently made their choices more than two weeks ago. Like everybody else, they’re making it up as they go this first year of GOSP.

Jill Nolin, Georgia Recorder, 22 January 2020, Georgia park projects axed as tax on outdoor gear comes up short,

Funding set aside for conservation projects across the state evaporated unexpectedly after state budget writers dramatically reduced their revenue projection constitutionally set aside for the program.

An oversight board approved a tentative list of projects earlier this month that divvied up the nearly $33.4 million thought to be available next year for the grants, signing off on funding for trails, land buys, forest restoration initiatives and other conservation projects.

On Tuesday, the board was called back in to whittle the proposed list down after the revenue projection was reduced to $20 million — a difference of more than $13 million. Instead of skimming funding across all projects, the board chopped seven from the ranked list of projects to the dismay of those now left off the list.

There’s no reason to believe Troupville River Camp was on the list even before the big budget cut. Why? Because nobody told us we were, and the projects on the list were notified.

Also, we knew there was a big lack in our application: no source of cash match.

Troupville River Camp at the center of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT), downstream from Tift, Colquitt, Cook, and Berrien Counties, Georgia, between Brooks and Lowndes Counties, and upstream from Madison, Hamilton, and Suwannee Counties, Florida.

So what’s our Plan B for Troupville River Camp? The same as it was all along: continue filling in the missing pieces and apply again this year.

Likely sources of the cash match include the City of Valdosta, the County of Lowndes, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority (VLPRA), the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority (VLDA), and interested corporations and private individuals.

We also see some likely further in-kind match, which will decrease the cash match.

[Project Budget]
Project Budget

And it would probably help if one or more of the above governmental entities made the application this year.

Much more about Troupville River Camp is on the WWALS website.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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