Hampton Wildlife Fund donation supports SCDNR projects
March 26, 2018
Members of the Hampton Wildlife Fund board of directors presented SCDNR officials with a donation of $150,000 on March 23, 2018 in Columbia, prior to the opening of the annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic Outdoor Expo. [SCDNR photo by Taylor Main]
The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. (Hampton Wildlife Fund, HWF) recently presented the South Carolina Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), with a check for $150,000 to be used for state-wide projects during 2018.
The two organizations met Friday, March 23, 2018 in Columbia, prior to the opening of the annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic. The total donated to SC DNR by the Hampton Wildlife Fund over the years now stands at $3,652,605. The Hampton Wildlife Fund is a private, non-profit corporation which partners with the SCDNR for the promotion of natural resources and natural resource education, which benefits the conservation of wildlife, marine and other resources in South Carolina. Funds are obtained solely through private donations and special promotional projects and fundraising events like the popular outdoor expo. Although some of the funds are donated to special projects run by the SCDNR, they are not used to replace any of the department’s programs already supported by state appropriated money.
“Our primary mission is to raise private funds to support the SCDNR in their role as stewards of South Carolina’s vast and precious natural resources,” said HWF board chair Deidre Menefee of Wadmalaw Island.
“Thanks to the generous citizens of the Palmetto State, we are able to help fund the SCDNR’s great work here,” added HWF executive director Jim Goller of Beaufort.
Supporting public education in the areas of wildlife and marine resources management and conservation plays a large role in the HWF’s purpose. Scholarships are awarded annually to South Carolina resident students who attend in-state institutions of higher learning to major in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields. Scholarships are also awarded in the fields of law enforcement/criminal justice and journalism. Since 1995, The Hampton Wildlife Fund has awarded $472,300 in scholarships to South Carolina students.
Other projects and programs supported by the Hampton Wildlife Fund include:
- Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic
- Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower project
- Jocassee Gorges Visitors Center Educational Displays
- SCDNR Outreach programs
- SCDNR Shotgun and Archery Shooting Sports programs
- Operation Game Thief
- Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Rodeos
- Take One Make One Youth Mentoring program
- Aquatic Education program
- Marine Education program
- Educational Vessel Discovery
- Tiger Shark Research and Tagging in Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds
- Camp Wildwood
- Bruce Rush Artificial Reef
- S.C. Memorial Deepwater Reef Project
- Bruce Rush Pavilion and Youth Archery Range, Anne Close Springs Greenway
Find out more about the Hampton Wildlife Fund on their website.
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