The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (DNR/WRD) and the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. (GCG), have teamed up to provide communities with a unique framework for restoring wildlife to shared lands through The Community Wildlife Project (CWP). As the human population grows, the pressure on our natural resources is more intense than ever. Vast amounts of wetlands and other wildlife habitats are being destroyed, and with them many wild animals and native plants have disappeared. Yet, in the midst of human population centers, some fascinating wildlife remains. Therefore, with a little help, the native plants and animals that live in these often fragmented habitats can co-exist harmoniously with mankind.

The Community Wildlife Project is a statewide initiative that encourages towns, neighborhoods, rural areas and residential institutions to become certified as wildlife-friendly communities, and is the only wildlife habitat certification program in Georgia directed at the community as a whole.

“This is a great time to be outdoors and working on a project that benefits our wildlife neighbors,” said Terry Johnson, Program Manager for the Nongame Endangered Wildlife Program. “The Community Wildlife Project offers great opportunities for the entire community, including small neighborhoods or the entire county, to join together and do good things for Georgia’s wildlife.”

The Community Wildlife Project is educational and fun for all ages, who want to help conserve native wildlife and plants in their own communities for future generations to enjoy. Georgians throughout the state are encouraged to participate in The Community Wildlife Project, which provides an excellent way for citizens to help restore and preserve wildlife habitats while enhancing the natural beauty of their communities. For more information on the Community Wildlife Project, send a First Class, $0.34 stamped, self-addressed #10 letter sized envelope to: The Community Wildlife Project, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth, Georgia, 31029 or call (478) 994-1438.

To support community conservation projects like The Community Wildlife Project as well as other conservation programs for Georgia’s nongame wildlife, Georgians may purchase a wildlife license plate for their vehicles. More than 700,000 wildlife license plates have been sold in Georgia, raising over $10 million for wildlife conservation, recreation, and education projects. In community conservation programs and hundreds of other projects, DNR is putting tag dollars to work for wildlife in Georgia.

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