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2019 Annual Report (Final)

2019 Annual Report (Final)

2019 Annual Report

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Board of
Directors………………………………………………………………………………3
2019 Balance
Sheet………………………………………………………...……………………..4-5
Projects Funded in
2019………………………………………………………………..……………..6-16

State Parks & Historic
Sites……………………………………………………………………………………..……..7-8
Coastal Resources
Division……………………………………………………………………..…………….………9
Law Enforcement
Division………………………………………………………………………………….…….…10
Historical Preservation Division……………………………………………………………… 11
Wildlife Resources
Division………………………………………………………………………………….……12-15

2019 Donors…………………………………………………………………..……17-19

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2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Edens Davis John D’Andrea Gene Rackley Amy L.Hillman
(Chair)
(Vice Chair) (Treasurer)

Chris Albrecht Glen Wilkins Jeff Foxworthy Bill Jones III

Sara Clark Mark Williams, Robert D. Dr. Richie
(DNR Leebern, Jr. Bland

Commissioner
and Ex-Officio)

Lonice Barrett David Werner Jen Ryan William
Woodall

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BALANCE SHEET GRAND TOTAL
JUNE 30, 2019 2,039,294.14
-
ASSETS 2,039,294.14
Cash
Receivable 10,890.00
TOTAL ASSETS -

LIABILITIES 10,890.00
Accounts Payable
Employer's Share 2,028,404.14
TOTAL LIABILITIES
2,028,404.14
FUND BALANCE
Profit / (Loss) Current Year 2,039,294.14

TOTAL FUND BALANCE

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE

STATEMENT OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES

REVENUES TOTAL
Contributions & Donations - Restricted 1,452,085.59
Revenue-Admin
Prior Year Reserves Carry Over 33,927.29
1,350,322.35
TOTAL REVENUE
2,836,335.23
EXPENDITURES
Supplies & Materials 149.97
Other Operating Expenses 157,892.21
Transfers Out-Non-Game transfer 435,875.39
Personal Liab Of Employees
Per Diem, Fees, & Contracts 2,013.90
Rents 61,632.04
Rents-Vehicle
Grants to DNR 25.00
Grants to Other Cities 4,515.80
Tuition/Scholarships 132,399.00
6,000.00
Computer Supplies/ APP Support Services 5,000.00

Software 119.98

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2,307.80
Profit / (Loss) Current Year
807,931.09
2,028,404.14

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STATE PARKS RECREATION & HISTORIC SITES DIVISION
Boat at Stephen C. Foster State Park

The PRHSD sought and was awarded a $20,000 grant to support interpretive boat tours at Stephen C. Foster
State Park in Fargo, Georgia. Stephen C. Foster State Park is located in the southeast corner of the state,
inside one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders – the Okefenokee Swamp. This funding was used to procure a
new tour board, a motor, and a canvas canopy.

One opportunity park visitors have is to take guided boat tours into
the swamp where they can see wildlife ranging from migratory birds
to the great American Alligator, learn about the history of the
swamp and surrounding areas, and experience the solitude of a
nationally designated wilderness area. These tours allow for first-
hand experience of some of Georgia’s plants and wildlife.

Guests get a close look a cypress trees, lily pads,
and other unique plants.

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This grant also allowed park staff to continue
interpretive opportunities during the restrictions placed
because of COVID 19. The tour boat was utilized for a
variety of eRanger videos to capture photos, audio
recordings, and videos that were shared online with
countless viewers.

Ranger Josh presenting in an eRanger video.
Between July 1, 2018, to June 31, 2019,
Stephen C. Foster had 4,558 individuals
who went on one of these boat tours. The
GNRF grant, used to purchase a new tour
boat, allows thousands of park guests
every year to experience a natural setting
like no other.

The guided board tours are one of the best ways to experience the
Okefenokee Swamp.

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COASTAL RESOURCES DIVISION

Project Report: 2019 Georgia Natural Resources Foundation
Funding

During 2018 and 2019, the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) requested and received $47,400 from the Georgia
Natural Resources Foundation, including a directed gift of $15,000 from Georgia Power to CRD for two specific
projects. The following narrative illustrates the projects where CRD spent these funds.
Saltwater Life Support System and Outdoor Classroom ($15,000)

CRD’s previous life support system succumbed to old age and the corrosive
effects of saltwater. Facilities to hold live specimens of saltwater fish and
invertebrates for research, education, and outreach activities was sorely
needed. Several hundred visitors, mostly students, tour the Coastal Regional
Headquarters campus each year. An integral and exciting part of that tour is
the opportunity to see and touch live fish and invertebrates. The capacity to
hold live animals also makes possible management-oriented research
projects such as tag retention studies
and evaluations of post-capture survival.
In 2019, a “Fish Farm II” all-inclusive tank system with viewing windows and
a complete filtration unit was purchased. In addition, the concrete pad
footprint was expanded, the roof extended, and seating added to provide an
outdoor classroom experience.

Summer Saltwater Slam Grand Prizes ($3,000)
In 2019 a summer-long, “fishing contest” was held across the coast. Anglers were asked to supply release
pictures of a Coastal Georgia Slam which was to include Redfish, Trout, Tripletail and Tarpon. Unfortunately, no
angler completed the Slam; therefore, prizes were not purchased. Instead, gifts for Weekend for Wildlife
participants were purchased including CRD logo’d cutting boards and fishing rags (pictured).

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LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

2019 Grant Cycle (FY 2020)

GNRF donated $14,000 that made it possible for the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division to purchase (2)
Law Enforcement K-9’s. Once placed with the handler for a month to bond, the handler and K9 attend a 10-
week training session taught by the LED chief handler at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and upon
successful completion will begin supporting enforcement, search & rescue and educational efforts in the

assigned region. (Note: (1) K-9 was also purchased with NWTF funds)

Corporal Eric Isom and Bo: Sergeant Greg Wade and Cuff:

GW 1st Class Nolan Callaway and Judge:

GNRF donated $6,000 to be spent on LED Branded Items.
The items chosen to be purchased were Safety Glasses
with GA Game Wardens logo and two versions of Glasses
Cleaning Cloths depicting an LED Badge and an LED
Group Photo to promote the Law Enforcement Division and
its mission.

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HISTORICAL PRESERVATION DIVISION

Grant Report for 2019

The Historic Preservation Division received a grant total of $20,000. This grant fund was used for a traveling
Archaeological Outreach Exhibit. This exhibit includes artifacts from the general collection, that reflects the
depth of the archaeological record in Georgia, as well as artifacts from HPD’s specific projects. Currently this
exhibit travels in storage boxes and is displayed without interpretive information. This grant has provided a
safer means of transportation and educational materials and displays to accompany these artifacts. This has
allowed the public to learn more not only about the artifacts themselves, but also why these project matter.

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WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION

Grant Report for 2019

In 2019, the WRD was awarded $20,000 in grants from GNRF. Below is a detailed description of how
those funds were used.

1) The 2019 (FY19) Teacher Conservation Workshop
supported 28 educators from across Georgia. When
asked to rate their awareness and understanding of
Georgia forests and wildlife resources and issues
surrounding the management and conservation of the
resources, the average pre workshop score was 2.9 out
of 5.0 and post workshop score increased to 4.8 out of
5.0. When asked to rate their content knowledge about
forestry and wildlife resources management and
conservation, the average pre workshop score was 2.7
out of 5.0 and post workshop score increased to 4.7 out
of 5.0.

2) The 2020 (FY20) Teacher Conservation Workshop was
canceled due to COVID-19. Funds are being held for use
in FY21.

The goal of Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School is to explore
Georgia’s ecoregions as it relates to plants, animals, and conservation issues of each region, and
provide teachers with skills and knowledge that can be directly used to support new Georgia
Standards for Excellence in Science.

1) The 2019 (FY20) Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School II
supported 16 educators from across Georgia. OWLS II
focused on the North Georgia mountains with participants
exploring the Blue Ridge, Ridge and Valley, and
Cumberland Plateau ecoregions. Participants visited a
trout hatchery, learned fly fishing, discussed bear
management, snorkeled in Amicalola Creek, hiked
Amicalola Falls Trail to learn about native plants, went
caving, and explored Black Bluff Preserve for endemic
species. Teacher surveys showed that 100% of
participants were extremely satisfied with the overall workshop. Their awareness and
understanding of Georgia’s Blue Ridge, Ridge and Valley, and Cumberland Plateau
ecoregions (plants, animals, and conservation issues) increased from an average score of
2.25 out of 5 to an average score of 4.63 out of 5. Their content knowledge about three
types of mountain ecoregions and endemic species found there increased from an average
score of 2.13 out of 5.0 to an average score of 4.60 out of 5.0.

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The goal of Adventures in Conservation Education Camp is to connect middle school aged participants who
are interested in wildlife and the environment with Georgia’s amazing ecosystems. During the camp,
participants explored plants, animals, and conservation issues DNR biologists are investigating as well as the
careers people have in managing, conserving, and supporting these ecosystems.

1) The 2019 (FY20) Adventures in Conservation Education Camp supported sixteen campers. This camp
focused on the North Georgia mountains with participants exploring the Blue Ridge, Ridge and Valley,
and Cumberland Plateau ecoregions. Campers visited a trout hatchery, learned fly fishing, discussed
bear management, snorkeled in Amicalola Creek, hiked Amicalola Falls Trail to learn about native
plants, went caving, and explored Black Bluff Preserve for endemic species. Fifteen of the students had
their first experiences caving, and all sixteen had their first experiences snorkeling in a freshwater
stream.

The directional signage project in 2019 (FY20) included the creation
and installation of new directional signage on the Charlie Elliott
Wildlife Center/Clybel WMA/Marben PFA property. This project
included building a new entrance sign at the intersection of Marben
Farms Road and Elliott Trail with directions to eight key areas on the
property. Smaller signs were then built and placed along Elliott
Trail, Marben Farms Road, and Murder Creek Church Road to
highlight key areas used by our customers. We also updated our
map of the property to include these landmarks. Campground signs
and fishing signs were placed in parking lots adjacent to those
respective areas. In all 229 signs were designed, printed and
installed on the 6,400-acre property to improve customer experience
while visiting our site.

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$5,000 for New Angler Training & Recruitment Programs
This grant supported the purchase of equipment for the instructional fishing programs held at Charlie Elliott
Wildlife Center and the Go Fish Education Center.
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center conducted Level 1 & Level 2 Fish and Learn programs. Level 1 programs are
intended to introduce fishing basics and instill the confidence for an attendee to go fishing by themselves
afterwards. Level 2 programs are more advanced and focus on bass fishing as well as preparing fish for eating.
The Go Fish Education Center hosted 4 Summer Day Camps Sessions. These camps are 3 days long and
introduce attendees to fishing with a variety of equipment. Additional topics include some fish biology and the
importance of fishing regulations. Throughout these camps, over 500 fish were caught!
In total, funds from this grant provided equipment for six fishing programs or camps and nearly 100 kids.
Providing quality fishing equipment for use in these programs and for kids to take home afterwards will reduce
the barriers that prevent these kids from going fishing. These programs and equipment will create lifelong
anglers.

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2019 GNRF DONORS

$100,000+ SUPPORTERS

Georgia Power

$50,000+ SUPPORTERS

Altria Group
Connect South
Double A Productions

$25,000+ SUPPORTERS

Knobloch Family Foundation Coca-Cola Pfizer, Inc.
Coral Cares Springer Mountain Farms NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Rod Ratcliffe Delta Air Lines, Inc. Fieldale Farms
Joe & Kristin Stevens WalMart
Eleanor and Tom Ratchford Honeywell

$15,000+ SUPPORTERS

Charter Communications Gulfstream Village at Indian Springs
Chemours Walter and Judy Hoyt Jeb Stewart
Georgia Transmission Corporation Insurance House Greg & Leanna Schulenburg
CSX Transportation Onward Reserve Brother and Carol Stewart
Dr. Richie and Ava Bland Steve Penley Tanner Medical Center
Troutman Sanders Piedmont Healthcare
Jennifer and Tee Green State Mutual Insurance

$10,000+ SUPPORTERS

AECOM Chick-fil-A Rayonier
Atlanta Gas Light DuPont Jim and Peggy Walters
AT&T Emory Healthcare and The Woodruff Williams Family Foundation-MNW
Go Volt Health Sciences Center Yamaha
Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Georgia Southern University Jacob & Tracie Crowe
Dee Yancey Georgia Trend Jennifer & Mitchell Stephens
Bobolink Foundation King & Spalding
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Brandt Information Services Rayonier Advanced Materials

$5,000+ SUPPORTERS

Nancy Addison Brian and Carmen Dill Loy Howard Schalk and Amore Pienaar
Jen and Shawn Ryan Dwight and Sharon Evans Ray and Mary Lynn Lambert Trent Hubbard
Philip Wilheit GA Beer Wholesalers Assoc. Rob and Wendy Leebern SG Contracting
Augusta University/AU GA Dept. of Corrections Tim and Traci Lowe Sunovian Pharmaceuticals
Health Georgia EMC Luck Stone UGA Warnell School
Baldwin Paving Georgia Farm Bureau Carroll EMC of Forestry & Natural
Bibb Distributing Co. Hart and Jeff Payne McGuire Woods Consulting Resources
Broadfield Foundation Georgia-Pacific Marty and Julie McLendon University of West Georgia
Fidelity David and Autumn Griffin Aaron and Linda McWhorter Vaughn Family Foundation
Cherry Street Energy Joe and Rosalyn Hatfield Metro Atlanta Chamber Vulcan Materials Company
Roddy and Sara Clark Hodges Family Fund, Metro Green Recycling, LLC William Woodall
Dennis and Miriam Coleman Coastal Georgia Foundation Mark and Judy Mobley Allen and Lynda Gudenrath
Dwight and Brenda Davis Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Murray Brothers
Bodine and Lillie Sinyard Tribble, Inc. Caddyshack Charity Golf 17

Green Rock $1,000+ SUPPORTERS Jutt Howard
Alan and Linda Densmore Heather Hedrick Teilhet
State Senator Butch and Teresa Miller Ellen & John D'Andrea
Russ & Kelli Pennington Bernie Tokarz & Morgan Schreck Trey & Summer Rhodes
Troy Delbert Bland Bill & Stefanie McHugh Greg Dozier
Dana Thompson Kristen and Clint Courson Marcy and Brant Lane
Jonathan B Pannell Marsha and Dan Bunnell Chris Brookshire
Helen Frankie Willis Donna and Dwight Mclaurin Callie DeHaven
Amy and Dan Hillman Kathy and Jimmy Allgood C.B. Yadav
GA SCCP Jane Ford Carey Miller
William Michael Stubbs Elvira and Jay Mannelly Dave Williams
Kristen and Edens Davis Jon & Dayle Burns J Allen
SweetWater Brewing Company Kathleen and Jeffrey Lewis Jed Stewart
W Stewart Lee Jarboe Marshall Guest
Mark McWhorter Lindsay Thomas Mark & Lynne Middleton
Lorri Smith M Mosley Mike Worley
Merett Alexander Miki Thomaston Roy Robinson
Michael Royal Marty Daniel Ryan & Kelly Teague
Natalie and Justin Howard Rick Upchurch Shawn Battison
Mike & Missy P Dugan Todd Deveau Scott Tolleson
Brooks Keel & Tammie Schalue Brenda and Tom Fitzgerald The Nature Conservancy
Duncan & Kaci Johnson Galloway Ember and Will Bentley
Tyler Fisher John N Pullen
Jerry & Sherry Donovan Chip Lake Shelley Boynton
Arthur “Skin” Edge Bagwell Amber Carter
Mary and Adam Sowatzka Alex Bradford Brooke & Tom Katzenbach
Susan and Brian Brodrick Dayle Burns Cathy Barnette
Callie and Ben Hall Glen & Nicole Wilkins
$30+ SUPPORTERS Jon Burns
David Thompson/Sondra McCard Katie Vaughn
Jeff Fritz Wes Robinson Ryan Pawlikowski
Randy and Barbara Hampton Jeff Cown and Pam Earl Wanda Granitz
Lisa and Homer Bryson John Morris Chris & Rebecca Cummiskey
Mark Osterhaus D. Ball Lacey Creech
Chris M. Albrecht Harley Yancey Catherine & Ted Fleming
Dawn and Scott Tanner Brooks Schoen Craig & Chanda Heighton
Dr. Robert Sargent Madelyn Candler Dale Greene & Jeanna Wilson
E. Loewen Scott and Kristi Full Elizabeth Gobeil
Carol and Lonice Barrett Ken Madren Katie Kirkpatrick
Mark Williams Joseph Ratchford State Representative Lynn Smith
Dan Bunnell Susan Dunn United Way
M. Patterson Dave and Jeanne Crass Mark and Crystal Berry
Z. Harris Eric and Jennifer Bently Paul and Jill Andrews
Mark and Joni Newton Joseph Carnahan Peggy Everett
Matt Reed Karl Burgess Sarah Hanson
Lauren and Lowry Curry Mark and Shawn Whitney Ted Will
Travis and Wendy Johnson Mark Mercer Tim & Lacey Fleming
Miranda Williams Rick and Susan Dunn Tim & Shelley Martin
State Senator Tyler Harper Steve Friedman Blake Raulerson & Gracie Beak
Bill Donohue Ted Fleming Christine & Jim Boucher
Thomas Worthy Walter Rabon David Griffin
Clint Courson Jon Ambrose Doug Haymans
Matthew Ralston Brooke Katzenbach
Martin Smith Dana Jo Thompson
Rusty and Sue Garrison Dottie Klutz
Ryan Pannell Thomas Farmer
L. Newberry Randal and Lisa Morris
Sandra McLean Jane Ford
Joey and Jenny Slaughter

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