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DNR accepting proposals for wildlife-viewing grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are now available for concepts that support the state’s Wildlife Action Plan
Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling on local residents for new ideas on how the public can observe native wildlife.

“Offering opportunities for people to get outdoors and see and better appreciate wildlife in need of conservation is not only important for these species, it’s vital for Georgians,” said conservation section chief Jon Ambrose.

The Wildlife Viewing Grants Program is now accepting proposals for 2023.

Proposals should provide public opportunities to observe native wildlife and natural habitats. An emphasis should be put on species that are considered to be conservation priorities in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan.

The Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund supports the project. DNR’s Wildlife Conservation Section manages the fund.

The goal of the program is to increase viewing opportunities that raise awareness of native animals, plants and habitats – particularly those considered conservation priorities.

Grant proposals can include facilities, improvements and other initiatives that provide opportunities for the public.

Six proposals saw approval in 2022. A few of these proposals included:

  • Creating shorebird guides to inform the public about priority species on Georgia’s beaches
  • Construction of observation platforms along a nature trail at Hard Labor Creek State Park near Rutledge
  • Planting trees and plants to expand a pollinator-focused and publicly accessible viewing site at Lavonia Elementary School

“Research shows that conservation of natural environments is a significant factor in maintaining human health and quality of life,” said Ambrose.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 7 and grant recipients will be notified by March 24.

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