Posted by Doreen Higgins on Sep 07, 2018
We welcomed Doug Chambers of the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia DNR to talk to us on Wednesday morning. He gave us a detailed account of the many vital services provided to us in this state by the DNR and its departments.
The mission of the Georgia DNR is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the state for present and future generations. This mandate contains a host of obligations calling for multiple skills, experience, and aptitudes, including management, technical assistance, education, and outreach for multiple circumstances. The environment for which the DNR is responsible is very varied, meaning that a host of different skills and background knowledge are called for. In this state we have coastal lands and coastal marsh, state parks and historic sites, rivers and estuaries, areas designated for wild life protection (year round and seasonally), and in many of these areas we also have people who make their living in and from these areas. Notably, fishing and boating comprise a part of commercial activity and also a major part of recreation for residents and visitors of the state. The financial implications involve jobs, sales, earnings, taxes – all a vital part of the economy of our state.

Doug went on to tell us about the implications and responsibilities these activities create for the DNR and for the law enforcement division of which he is a part. There are 1,398 information and education programs including boating and hunting (Georgia has 355,000 boats and 195 hunting programs). The law enforcement tasks associated with water-related activities alone are demanding and involve attention to commercial boating infringements, environmental crime, litter and waste disposal, plus actual accident and other incidents which threaten the safety of boaters. Further, there are “specialty” teams created for potential criminal and\or terrorism issues. There are teams acting in conjunction with the GBI and the GSP against terrorism, drug activity, and for search and rescue where needed.

Doug paid tribute to the response of DNR law enforcement staff who serve, often in difficult and demanding circumstances, for the safety of the users, both commercial and recreational, of the State’s waterways. In response to questions, he told us that the funding for the activities he described come from the state, from the federal government, and from licensing.
Below is a photo of Doug Chambers and President Andy.