Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has statewide responsibilities for the management and conservation of Georgia’s natural and cultural resources. Most of this work is conducted by DNR’s five operating divisions that have statutory authority over the management and protection of Georgia’s natural and cultural resources. The Divisions also provide technical assistance, education and outreach, and other programming relevant to their individual missions.

News & Events

MINRC Student Fellows Now Part of the Profession
March 2, 2023

Three recent recipients of the Minorities in Natural Resource Conservation Technical Committee’s (MINRC) scholarships to attend SEAFWA’s annual conference have joined the professional ranks with agencies in the southeast.  Abby Florez is a Wildlife Refuge Specialist in Georgia, Lavendar Harris is also in Georgia as a Wildlife Biologist, and Cerise Mensah is an Environmental/Natural Resources Specialist in Mississippi.

MINRC’s mission is to increase the overall representation of minorities and women in professional occupations within the field of natural resource conservation...

Garrison Named Director of Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division
Garrison has been with DNR for 18 years
October 1, 2016

Beginning October 1, 2016, Rusty Garrison began serving as the Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

Garrison has been with DNR for 18 years, having served most recently as the manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia. He has served in numerous other capacities, including Assistant Chief of Game Management, State Coordinator of Project WILD, and Chief of the DNR Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Before his career with DNR, Garrison worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service...

Georgian Receives Highest Honor from Regional Wildlife Agencies
Todd Holbrook named C. W. Watson Award winner
November 5, 2015
North Carolina

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Herman Todd Holbrook of Conyers, Georgia the 2015 C. W. Watson Award winner at their annual meeting in Ashville this week. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association.

“Todd Holbrook has proven himself a highly productive wildlife resource manager at all levels from field biologist to deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,” said SEAFWA President Bob Ziehmer. “In addition to the services rendered in Georgia, his involvement with human dimensions research has left a lasting...