Department of Natural Resources public forum
When: 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today
Where: Chattahoochee Room of the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.
For more information or to comment online: www.georgiawildlife.com/aimforsuccess
Hunters and anglers looking for possible expanded services can express their concerns to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources today and online for the next three weeks.
The wildlife resources division is seeking input about what outdoor enthusiasts want to potentially fund.
“Over the past few years, we’ve cut back on some services, like public fishing areas are no longer open seven days a week,” DNR marketing and communications director Jenifer Wisniewski said.
A potential funding opportunity, Wisniewski said, could be raising the prices for licenses by $5 or more per year. Potential projects and requests seen have included stocking more fish, providing more law enforcement or opening a shooting range.
A hunting license costs $10 per year, and a fishing license is $9 per year.
“Some of those things that our customers have been telling us for years they want more of from us, so this is sort of their opportunity,” Wisniewski said.
Public input will be presented to the DNR board, who will in turn present recommendations to the legislature to craft any potential bills.
“However the public gives us feedback is how we’ll end up putting those fees to use,” Wisniewski said.
The open forum is from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.
Those unable to attend can submit online comments at www.georgiawildlife.com/aimforsuccess. The comment period will end on July 6.