To conserve, enhance and promote Georgia's fish and wildlife resources and outdoor heritage through science-driven research, management, regulation and education.
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:
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 harvests, wildlife populations and habitats. These efforts support setting regulations and other management activities as well as providing technical assistance to landowners, private organizations and governmental agencies.
- Private Lands Program
- Bobwhite Quail Initiative
- Hunter Education
- Shooting Sports
- Harvest Summaries and Population Surveys
The Fisheries Management Section manages 500,000 acres of lakes, 12,000 miles of warm water streams and 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) and sponsor a variety of kids fishing events.
- Flathead Catfish Removal Project
- Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction to the Coosa River Basin
- Stream Survey Team
- Aquatic Nuisance Species
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. 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.
Projects & Programs
- Georgia Rare Species and Natural Community Data
- Nongame Research Projects
- Georgia's Anabat Acoustic Survey Volunteer Project
- Wildlife Viewing Grants Program
- Georgia Ginseng Program
Reptiles & Amphibians
Plant & Habitat Restoration
Nongame Conservation Annual Report