Species Management and 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

Presentation of Wildlife Resources Division's Operations

Prescribed Fire

Invasive Species

Species Profiles

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
  • assess environmental reviews
  • provide 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 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 and
  • lead our conservation education efforts. 

Nongame Species

Freshwater Fishes

Georgia Snakes

Georgia Bats

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

Projects and Programs

Georgia Rare Species and Natural Community Data

Nongame Research Projects

Georgia's Anabat Acoustic Survey Volunteer Project


Partners in Flight


Manatee Recovery

Reptiles and Amphibians

Bog Turtle Headstart Program

Sea Turtle Conservation

Plant and Habitat Restoration

Georgia Ginseng Program

Mountain Bog Restoration

Nongame Conservation Annual Report


2015 (summarystory map)

2014 (summaryvideo)

2013 (summaryvideo)

2012 (summary)