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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Recreational Pond Management

Flinchum’s Phoenix, 650 Phoenix Drive, Athens, Georgia

Date: Jul 25, 2017 08:30 AM to Jul 26, 2017 05:00 PM


Brochure with mail-in registration form and course agenda


About this Course
There are over 100,000 acres of private ponds in Georgia being managed for sportfish production. Sportfish ponds and small impoundments provide significant opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and enhance property value.   Properly managed ponds can provide an abundant supply of fish for food and recreation, attract wildlife, add aesthetics and increase value of both urban and rural lands. A combination of classroom presentations and hands-on field activities will provide participants the opportunity to develop new knowledge and basic skills associated with pond management in Georgia.

The primary objective of this course is to provide participants with the opportunity to develop basic knowledge and skills about pond management that produce sustainable, high quality fishing. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
Describe the basic tenets of pond construction, renovation, and maintenance;
Explain activities associated with pond stocking and management strategies;
Identify common aquatic plants in Georgia ponds; and
Conduct a pond evaluation (fish and water quality.

Who Should Attend?
Landowners, managers, consultants, or any person desiring to learn more about the management of ponds to produce high quality fishing should attend this course. The benefit participants receive will be directly related to their participation. This course is designed to be interactive; open discussions and questions are encouraged. Also, participants will have the option of getting wet and muddy along with the instructors. 

Dr. Jay Shelton has a Ph.D. in aquaculture and fisheries from Auburn University, and is a fisheries biologist with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. For over 20 years he has developed publications and taught outreach programs on the subjects of sportfish pond management, aquatic plant management, and water quality.

Brian Simmons graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources. He currently manages Owen & Williams Fish Farm, Inc. and owns Ultimate Pond Care Service, an electro-shocking and pond management company. Brian formerly served three years as president of the Georgia Aquaculture Association.

Notify Ingvar Elle at (706-583-0566, by 5:00pm July 11, 2017 if you wish to cancel and receive a refund.

Required Clothing
This course will be based at the Flinchum’s Phoenix building located in the Whitehall Forest and will include visits to nearby ponds and require each participant to be prepared to get a bit wet and muddy. Bring appropriate footwear for wading in a muddy pond. Also, bring a brimmed hat, sunglasses, sun screen, extra change of clothes, and a towel.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express (706-546-8122) in Athens for attendees of Recreational Pond Management for the nights of July 24, 25, and 26, 2017. The hotel address is 513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30601. Rooms are $95.00 per night plus %14 percent sales tax and a $5.00 state transportation tax. When making reservations please ask to be booked under the “RPM” room block.

Parking and Directions
Parking at Flinchum’s Phoenix at Whitehall Forest is free of charge. 

For directions to Flinchum’s Phoenix see:
Type “650 Phoenix Road, Athens, GA” into  the  directions finder.

Special Needs
If you require special services or dietary considerations, contact Ingvar Elle at (706-583-0566, by July 11, 2017.

Continuing Education Credits

  • 11.5 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours-Category 1 (approved); 1.5 Category 2 CFE (approved)
  • 13 Continuing Logger Education Hours (CLE)-Environmental (approved)
  • Pesticide Applicator Re-certification credit hours: Georgia, 5.0 (approved for Forest, Aquatic, Public Health, Regulatory and Right of Way); South Carolina, Cat5 5.0 (approved); North Carolina, 5.0 (approved for A, D and N); Alabama, 10.0 (applied for)


Course Instructor(s)

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If you have any questions please contact James T. Johnson at 706-308-6396 or

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