Georgia state Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, long has supported legalizing "deadhead logging," the practice of salvaging old-growth logs from river bottoms, saying it would create jobs and feed the state's coffers.
The timber dates back to the 19th century, when logs were lashed together as rafts for transport downstream. Some would break loose and sink.
Preserved underwater in low-oxygen river bottoms, deadhead logs are prized for uses such as flooring and paneling because of the wood's tight grain, rich color and sometimes interesting grain patterns.
Williams introduced Senate Bill 362, which would authorize Georgia to auction off sections of the Oconee, Flint, Ocmulgee and Altamaha rivers for harvesting of deadhead logs.