Conserving Nongame Wildlife: 2014

A Year of Wildlife Conservation

2014 report

This is your window into the work of DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section.

Our mission at Nongame Conservation is straightforward and critical: Conserve the more than 95 percent of native Georgia wildlife species that are not legally fished for or hunted – called nongame – as well as rare plants and the habitats these plants and animals need.

That work affects us all, whether it’s acquiring lands along the Altamaha River for conservation and recreation, sizing up the alligator snapping turtle population in Spring Creek or teaming with partners to keep Georgia aster off the Endangered Species list.

Conserving nongame species and restoring and preserving wildlife habitats are central to making sure Georgia’s natural heritage is available for our children and their children to enjoy.

Besides helping maintain our quality of life, these programs support our economy. In 2011, some 2.4 million people spent a total of more than $1.8 billion watching wildlife in Georgia!

This report details nongame research, surveys, conservation programs, education, land acquisition and habitat management from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

Included are our successes and our challenges.

One continuing challenge is funding. About 97 percent of the Nongame Conservation Section's budget depends on grants, contributions and fundraisers, such as the eagle and hummingbird license plates.

2014 featured some good news regarding license plates. A law change that year holds great promise for turning around a three-year decline in wildlife tag sales and renewals, our primary fundraiser.

You’ll learn more in the 2014 report.

Please view or download a full copy or this six-page summary. A 2014 highlights video can also be viewed below.

Thank you for your interest in conserving Georgia’s nongame wildlife and natural habitats.

Jon Ambrose
Chief, Nongame Conservation Section





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