Wildlife mandate in statute

“It shall be the objectives of the department to aid: 1. In the promotion of the conservation and development of the natural resources of the state; 2. In promoting a more profitable use of lands and waters; 3. In promoting the development of commerce and industry; and 4. In coordinating existing scientific investigations with any related work of other agencies for the purpose of formulating and promoting sound policies of conservation and development.”

The Commission:

  • Name: Georgia Board of Natural Resources
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 19
  • Term length: 7 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes
  • Selection criteria per statute

The Board of Natural Resources shall consist of one member from each congressional district in this state; one additional member from one of the following named counties: Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, or Camden; and four members from the state at large.” 

The Board is responsible for setting rules and regulations ranging from air and water quality to hunting seasons and provides input into issues such as the agency’s budget recommendations and legislative initiatives. The Board meets 10 times a year.

The Agency:

  • Name: Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division
  • Type: The Wildlife Resources Division is a subagency within the Department of Natural Resources
  • Title of Agency Director: Commissioner
  • Selection process: Appointed by the Board of Natural Resources, subject to Governor approval
  • Mission statement from agency website:

Conserve and promote fishing, hunting and wildlife resources through management, education and scientific research.”

Revenue for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division FY23

† Other: Funds made up of license plate sales, donations, timber revenue, etc.

Source: Georgia DNR Wildlife and Resources Division Fact Sheet, FY23

Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report