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February 22, 2011
Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund donates $71,900 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, Feb.18. 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 $71,900. That brings the total to $2,627,030 donated to DNR by the Hampton Fund over the years.
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 of 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.
"The Harry Hampton Fund and DNR have partnered since 1982 in preserving, enhancing and promoting the natural resources of South Carolina," said Hampton board chairman Frank Sistare of Spartanburg. "Our natural resources deserve our stewardship, not just for us today, but for future generations of South Carolinians." "The Hampton Fund is keenly aware of the acute state budget crisis, particularly at DNR, and we are extremely grateful to all South Carolina for supporting our fundraising efforts which made 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. Two 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 and one scholarship is awarded annually in the field of journalism.
Projects supported and funded by the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund include:
- DNR Law Enforcement Program
- Bruce Rush Artificial Reef
- Striped Bass Research
- Operation Game Thief
- DNR Land, Water and Conservation Envirothon
- Jocassee Gorges Visitors Center Educational Displays
- Circle Hooks required for bottom fishermen on March 3
- Duck hunters finish the season on DNR Waterfowl Management Areas
- S.C. High School Fishing State Championship March 25 on Lake Keowee
- Youth Bass Fishing League conducts recent tournament on Lake Murray
- Check-Off for DNR, wildlife when doing state taxes
- Prescribed fire has many benefits, but practice faces many challenges
- DNR kids fishing program celebrates ten years
- Catawba Scenic River public comments presented during Feb. 28 meeting
- S.C. midwinter waterfowl survey down from 2010 but remains above long-term average
- Charleston student wins 2011 S.C. Junior Duck Stamp contest
- Coastal Explorations Series offers Lowcountry learning, adventure opportunities
- Antler scoring sessions set across South Carolina
- Angler again breaks trout record
- Trammel net surveys over two decades vital to managing fish populations
- Shad, herring, eel fishermen using commercial gear now need permits
- Aiken County wildlife area will open to the public three Saturdays in March
- Draft 2011 Aquatic Plant Management Plan is now available for public review and comment
- March 1 deadline for S.C. Wildlife’s 27th Annual Outdoor Photo Contest entries
- DNR recommends new comprehensive deer management program based on hunter input
- Free family day at the range March 5
- Freshwater fishing trends
- Saltwater fishing trends
- S.C. weekly tidetable
- DNR video