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.
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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.
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.
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 Conservation Annual Report