Species Management and Conservation Programs

Division Overview and Efforts

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is comprised of six divisions which carryout DNR’s mission to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources. As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. WRD is comprised of three sections – Game Management, Fisheries Management, and Nongame Conservation.

Presentation of Wildlife Resources Division's Operations

Prescribed Fire

Invasive Species

Research - Coming Soon!

Game Management

The Game Management Section manages one million acres of land and more than 100 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for hunting, fishing, wildlife enhancement, bird watching, hiking, camping and conservation education. Game Management conducts research and surveys to monitor hunter harvest, wildlife populations and habitat. These efforts support setting regulations and other management activities as well as providing technical assistance to landowners, private organizations and governmental agencies. 

Game Species and Information 

Hunting Regulations

Wildlife Management Areas

Harvest Summaries and Population Surveys

Special Programs

Private Lands Program

Bobwhite Quail Initiative

Hunter Education

Shooting Sports


Fisheries Management

The Fisheries Management Section manages 500,000 acres of lakes, 12,000 miles of warm water streams and 4,000 miles of trout streams to provide high quality sport fishing. Fisheries Management surveys fish populations to determine sound management approaches and set regulations. We construct and maintain public boat ramps and fish attractors, investigate pollution and fish kills, assesses environmental reviews, provides technical assistance to environmental agencies, operate fish hatcheries and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) and sponsor a variety of kids fishing events.

Sport Fish Species

Fishing Regulations

Public Fishing Areas


Boat Ramps

Special Programs

Flathead Catfish Removal Project

Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction to the Coosa River Basin

Stream Survey Team


Aquatic Nuisance Species


Nongame Conservation

The Nongame Conservation Section conserves and protects nongame wildlife and plants and their habitats through public education, research and management. We conduct research and surveys on a wide variety of nongame wildlife, identify critical habitats and implement species and habitat restoration programs. We encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of observing wildlife, catalog and distribute information on occurrences of rare plants, animals and natural communities, participate in cooperative habitat management with private and corporate landowners and leads our conservation education efforts. 

Nongame Species

Freshwater Fishes

Georgia Snakes

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

State Wildlife Grants (SWG)

Special Programs

Georgia Ginseng Program

Sea Turtle Conservation

Manatee Recovery

Nongame Research Projects

Partners in Flight

Bog Turtle Headstart Program

Mountain Bog Restoration

Georgia's Anabat Acoustic Survey Volunteer Project

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Georgia Rare Species and Natural Community Data

Nongame Conservation Annual Report


2015 (summarystory map)

2014 (summaryvideo)

2013 (summaryvideo)

2012 (summary)