Species Management & Conservation Programs

Division Overview

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is comprised of six divisions which carry out 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:

Division Efforts

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
  • conservation education

Game Management conducts research and surveys to monitor:

  • hunter harvest
  • wildlife populations
  • habitat

These efforts support setting regulations and other management activities as well as providing technical assistance to landowners, private organizations and governmental agencies.

Special Programs

Fisheries Management

The Fisheries Management Section manages:

  • 500,000 acres of lakes
  • 12,000 miles of warm water streams
  • 4,000 miles of trout streams

This section 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
  • assess environmental reviews
  • provide technical assistance to environmental agencies
  • operate fish hatcheries and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs)
  • sponsor a variety of kids fishing events

Special Programs

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
  • implement species and habitat restoration programs

We also:

  • 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
  • lead our conservation education efforts

Our work is guided by Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan. The plan is a statewide strategy to conserve native wildlife species and natural habitats before these animals, plants and places become rarer and more costly to conserve or restore.

Nongame Species

Projects and Programs



Reptiles & Amphibians

Plant & Habitat Restoration

Nongame Conservation Annual Report