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Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's territorial waters will close to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 through midnight on S...
Splash into Summer Water Activities at Georgia State Parks.
As spring fades into summer, the number of snake-related calls and emails to John Jensen go up. But most center on two questions: What species is this and what do I do with it?
Sea turtle nesting season is on in Georgia.
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” Doug Larson
Georgia’s beaches are not only vacation hotspots, in spring and summer they’re top spots for nesting shorebirds and seabirds, and for migrating species fueling up for long flights to the Arctic...
Helping keep Georgia wild just got easier.
Artwork on display at state botanical gardens in Athens.
Grand Opening is May 10 in Reidsville.
The Georgia Youth Birding Competition again showed its value last weekend, drawing a diverse crowd of young birders who enjoyed the outdoors as they ranged from barrier islands to metro Atlanta...
Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) offices receive and respond to more than 1,200 calls about black bears each year.
Come get “wild” at the Keeping Georgia Wild Festival at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 19, 2018. Be one of the first...
Six Ways to Make Memories with Mom in Georgia's State Parks.
With designs that leverage the scenic and diverse terrains from lakes to forests across the state, Georgia State Park Golf Courses compare favorably to some of the state’s best private courses...
Animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings.
Beginning May 1 and through Sept. 30, nine Georgia Public Fishing Areas (PFA) will offer night fishing opportunities.
Brasstown Valley Resort and Riverwood Golf Club Named Top Courses in the Country.
With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia’s coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals.
A new boat ramp giving boaters, paddlers and anglers improved access to the Kinchafoonee Creek and to the upper reaches of Lake Worth opened today in Lee County.
Four budding bird artists recently were selected as T-shirt Art Contest winners in Georgia’s 13th annual Youth Birding Competition, the state Department of Natural Resources announced...
Do you enjoy Georgia’s wildlife and wild places?
Give It a Shot: Handgun 101, is a perfect opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence in handgun use, but be sure to register soon as space is limited!
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently coordinated a materials enhancement at Glynn County’s Jekyll Island Pier Inshore Artificial Reef. The enhancement was conducted behind the wes...
The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) has recently completed an enhancement of the Henry Vassa Cate inshore artificial reef located in St. Si...
Six picture-perfect Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites settings.
The best thing people can do when they see a young animal, or in fact any wildlife, is to leave it exactly as they found it.
The Georgia Coastal Management Program (GCMP) is celebrating its 20th...
Turkey Hunters in Emanuel County have some new acreage to target this year thanks to more than 6,000 new acres available at Ohoopee Dunes WMA, according to the Georgia Department of Natural...
Today U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife...
Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program.
State and federal agencies are planning a controlled burn at Tallulah Gorge State Park this spring to benefit unique wildlife at one of Georgia’s most unique places.
Let your “wild” child explore the coastal areas of Georgia this summer at the Adventures in Conservation Education camp.
For the month of April, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division is giving a free ammo can, while supplies last, to everyone that visits any staffed shooting range on a week day.
Learn more about steps you can take today, to prevent nuisance goose issues this summer.
Gobble. Cluck. Purr. Music to the ears of all the eager turkey hunters ready for the season to open on Saturday, Mar. 24.
All hunters are encouraged to review important turkey hunting safety tips.
Do you need hunter education before you head to the woods for turkey season?
With the passage of HB208 during the 2017 Legislative Session, Coastal Resources Division of the GA DNR is reminding commercial fishermen of several changes and additions that were made to Georgi...
Catch five different bass species and you have a Georgia Bass Slam!
Historically, reports of black bear sightings increase each year after the start of spring when hungry bears emerge from their winter den sites.
Wildlife-viewing projects from Athens to Colquitt and Atlanta to Brunswick will receive grants to improve public opportunities to see and learn about animals, plants and natural habitats...
Georgia DNR Coastal Resources Division has released the results of the 2017 Saltwater Angler and Guide Survey. The recently completed telephone and online survey was conducted among licensed Geor...
Did you know that more than one million trout will be stocked in Georgia this year?
With Spring Break just around the corner, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites offer many ways for families to enjoy the outdoors on a budget.
Youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have a chance to harvest a bird during a special early opportunity turkey season on March 17–18, 2018.
Be sure to encourage your young artist(s) to enter the 20th annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest.
Need fishing tips for Georgia reservoirs and rivers? Look no further than the updated 2018 fishing prospects on the WRD website.
Time to aim for the bullseye! More than 800 students from the state’s top school archery teams will compete March 2 in the annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia state tournament.
If the little ones in your family get excited about Easter, start the celebration early with egg hunts in late March.
Coming back for the 2nd year, the Georgia Coyote Challenge highlights how citizens can effectively handle nuisance coyote issues.
No matter your trout fishing skill—expert to beginner—you can find a great place to “wet a line,” according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
If the cold weather doesn’t keep you from the water, get ready to be rewarded with some great striped bass fishing.
Get out on the water now because the time is right for cool weather crappie fishing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
More than 50 anglers reeled in a 2017 Angler Award for outstanding catches, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
Call it a soaring love story -- or perhaps “romance on the rim.” A pair of Peregrine Falcons has returned to Tallulah Gorge State Park for breeding season, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners today for their stewardship and land management practices benefiting wildlife across Georgia.
It’s time for young birders to begin honing their bird-identifying skills as they prepare for the annual Georgia Youth Birding Competition, set for April 27–28.
Hey, kids! Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s 13th annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.
Rooted in history and steeped in rich tradition, Georgia’s 18 state historic sites provide picturesque scenery and an in-depth look into the Peach State’s momentous past.
Ocmulgee WMA Shooting Range, located in Hawkinsville, will be the host location for an upcoming class designed to help introduce people to handguns, according to the Georgia Department of...
Georgia Department of Natural Resources will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new 75-person capacity group shelter and visitor center.
Take the perfect photo at these top seven Instagrammable Georgia State Parks & Historic Site locations.
Eight additional state parks now offer "site-specific" camping reservations.
Victoria Bryant is a quiet getaway that will make you feel like you are miles away.
• No person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off Georgia.
• The closure is effective 8:45 p.m., local time, Janu...
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's whelk trawl harvest season will open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 and close at 7:00 p.m...
From January until December 2018, a multitude of events will be offered to park visitors that tie into this year's 'Parks after Dark' theme.
Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams recently announced that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce has requested Georgia Governor Nathan Deal provide nominations for the state’s obligatory and at-larg...
Super Museum Sunday, February 11, Free Admission to State Historic Sites.
Since late December water...
Anglers can find all necessary 2018 fishing information in the new Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Georgia State Parks Launches New Rewards Card Program Effective January 1
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) has announced that the commercial harvest of jellyfish with trawls in Georgia’s territorial waters will open at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, January 1,...
Commercial fishermen can take to the water beginning at 12 a.m. on Monday, January 1, 2018 to take advantage of the opening day of shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural...
Georgia’s State Parks Celebrate New Year's Day with "First Day Hikes"
Teachers and students across the state are invited to honor Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 28th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a written publ...
Landowners and government agencies are teaming up in southwest Georgia to conserve rare wetlands and their rarest plant species—endangered Canby’s dropwort.
Anglers will receive an additional weekend of red snapper harvest during the 2017 mini-season in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers will be allowed to harvest red snapper during th...
Got an outdoors enthusiast on your holiday gift list? Before heading to the stores, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants you to know about a gift that...
Wanted: Projects that can use a hand helping Georgians enjoy and better understand animals, plants and habitats emphasized in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan.
Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Mark Williams has announced the appointment of Doug Haymans to serve as the director of the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of DNR succ...
A Cherokee County teacher’s proposal to create a pollinator garden at her school has earned a $1,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Red-cockaded woodpeckers have returned to River Creek.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved a request by NOAA Fisheries to allow limited harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers can harvest red snapper during...
Georgia’s territorial waters will re-open to commercial and recreational shellfish harvest effective 6:00 A.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017. GA DNR Commissioner Mark Williams closed shellfish ha...
Healthy Snacks Now Available at all State Parks.
Beach water testing has continued following a brief hiatus during Hurricane Irma.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced the availability of Cycle 21 Coastal Incentive Grant funds through the Coastal Resources Division/Georgia Coastal Managemen...
**** Update as of 10/16/2017: Call center for Hurricane Irma emergency authorizations and moratorium will tentatively close on November 15th, 2017.****
September 30 event sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
Travel tips for leaf peepers.
August 31, 2017 –The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Rules of Georgia Department of Natu...
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced today that a new men's record for the heaviest pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, has been set by angler Ty Cobb of Pooler, GA.
The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has created a new offshore reef site in partnership with the Savannah Sport Fishing Club. Artificial Reef BSF i...
Brighter days are ahead for the Len Foote Hike Inn, an environmentally sustainable wilderness lodge in the North Georgia mountains, thanks to a newly installed 53.72 kW solar photovoltaic array....
Georgia’s State Parks are gearing up for the biggest stellar show that most of us will ever see.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials have named Matt Bruner as the new Region 3 manager for its Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Georgia’s great outdoors.
Lauren Lambert is the new site manager of Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely.
One of the Southeast’s most beautiful outdoor destinations, Cloudland Canyon State Park, is under new leadership.
One of Douglas County’s most beloved historic structures is getting a facelift this summer.
Coastal Resources Division Director, Spud Woodward, has announced that the recently completed 2016 Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is now available on line at: CoastalGaDNR.org/ReportCard....
Does Dad love the great outdoors?
2017 Coastal Georgia Beach Users Survey - With support from a CRD Coastal Incentive Grant, Georgia Southern University is conducting a survey of beach users about their knowledge and perception o...
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a new women’s state record for Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis, landed in Georgia by Jordan Davis of Brunswick.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced today that a new men's record for the heaviest little tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus, has been set by angler Dusty Blackburn of Fleming, GA. ...
The votes are in and Georgians will soon have the opportunity to purchase a new motor vehicle license plate to support marine habitat conservation. Online voting ended last month and the winner i...
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a new women’s record for African pompano, Alectis ciliaris, landed in Georgia by Jennifer Roberts of Springfield, Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced today that a new men’s record for the heaviest shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, has been awarded to Tyler Gary of Richmond Hill.
Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Effective that date, commercia...
With bright, sunny summer days, staying inside seems shameful.
Recent rain and high humidity in the Okefenokee Swamp will allow officials to re-open Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo tomorrow.
Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program.
Newly released economic impact figures from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources show that Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites contributed more than $1 billion to the state’s economy...
With summer upon us, local agencies are reminding Georgians of the importance of water safety.
Warm weather in the South means outdoor lovers want to seek out ways to stay cool in the water, but Georgia’s drought has impacted water use, lake levels and environmental health.
Repairs to Panola Mountain State Park’s dams will begin June 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public meeting to discuss creating all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails at Bush Head Shoals in Franklin.
Outdoorsy families will find plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Georgia’s State Parks.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle.
Officials from Indian Springs State Park are looking forward to improvements coming within the next year, and they are thanking visitors for their patience while work progresses.
On your mark, get set, go! — to Georgia State Parks for challenging and scenic race courses.
This Spring Break, break away from the “wild life” of crowded attractions and destinations and migrate toward the wildlife at a Georgia State Parks.
Longer days, warmer weather and colorful blooms are sure signs of Spring’s arrival.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on the master plan for Standing Boy Creek State Park in Muscogee County.
Paddle through 24 miles of waterways, walk seven dog-friendly trails, mountain bike on more than 68 miles of terrain, hike and climb thousands of feet in elevation and search for treasure in more...
As President’s Day approaches on February 20, those looking to honor those who’ve led our great nation are encouraged to look towards Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
To celebrate Georgia’s diverse and fascinating history, the State Parks and Historic Sites Division of the Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission at many locations on Sunday,...
This February, Georgia’s State Parks have planned a full calendar of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
With spring just around the corner, many Georgians are beginning to think ahead to warmer weather and weekend escapes.
A new year means new changes, updates and additions to elevate visitors’ experiences at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
Across the nation, thousands of Americans started 2017 off on the “right foot” by attending a First Day Hike in America’s State Parks.
Indian Springs State Park near Jackson broke ground today on a new conference facility within the park.
Thousand-foot deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense woodland and abundant wildlife, Georgia’s State Parks are scenic havens for outdoor recreation.
All across the country, park rangers are inviting Americans to start the New Year with an energizing First Day Hike.
If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family saying “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites.
One of Georgia’s most remote state parks has been designated among the best spots in the world for star gazing.
Fans of Georgia’s State Parks can save on getaways and gift cards this winter season.
Nothing beats a scenic overlook, and Georgia State Park’s many mountainous locations give plenty of opportunities to scout one out.
Equestrians have a new reason to gallop over to A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville.
Danny Tatum from Tallulah Gorge State Park was named Manager of the Year during the recent State Park Managers Conference.
Every October, Georgia’s mountains turn to a vibrant blanket of red and gold as the leaves begin to change.
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are inviting citizens to volunteer for a variety of projects on Saturday, September 24.
GA DNR Commissioner Mark Williams has announced that Georgia's territorial waters will close to commercial and recreational oyster harvest effective 6:00 a.m., Thursday, June 1, 2017 through midnig...
Georgia’s territorial waters will re-open to commercial and recreational shellfish harvest effective 6...