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Feb. 15, 2013

Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund donates $167,850 to DNR

The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), met in Charleston on Friday, February 15. During the meeting, the board formally accepted a monetary donation from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. This year’s Hampton Fund donation was $167,850. The total donated to DNR by the Hampton Fund over the years now totals $2,898,930.

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation which partners with the DNR for the promotion of natural resources and natural resource education which benefits the conservation ofL to R: DNR Board Chairman Johnny Evans, Hampton Board Member Sam Hiott and DNR Agency Director Alvin Taylor wildlife, marine and other resources in South Carolina. Funds are obtained solely through private donations and special promotional projects, fundraising events and publications. Although some of the funds are donated to special projects run by the DNR, they are not used to replace any department programs already supported by appropriated money.

“We are proud to have been natural resources partners with DNR since 1982. The entire agency helps ensure South Carolina’s natural resources are enhanced for us now and for the future” said Hampton board member and former chairman Sam Hiott of Charleston. “We are indebted to all who generously support our fundraising efforts, making this donation possible,” said the Fund’s executive director Jim Goller of Beaufort and a DNR retiree.

Public education in the principles of wildlife and marine resources management and conservation is a major thrust of the fund’s purpose. Three scholarships are annually awarded to South Carolina resident students to attend a South Carolina institution of higher learning majoring in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields, one is awarded annually in the field of law enforcement/criminal justice and one annually in the field of journalism.

Projects supported and funded by the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund include:

* DNR Law Enforcement Program

* Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Rodeos

* Bruce Rush Artificial Reef

* Striped Bass Research

* Operation Game Thief

* Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower Project

* DNR Land, Water and Conservation Envirothon

* Jocassee Gorges Visitors Center Educational Displays

* Camp Wildwood

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