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February 11, 2015Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund donates $150,000 to DNR

The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), met in Columbia on Friday, Feb. 6th, 2015. During the meeting, the Hampton Wildlife Fund presented the agency with a check for $150,000 to be used for statewide projects during 2015. The total donated to DNR by the Hampton Wildlife Fund over the years now stands at $3,183,455.

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. (HWF) is a private, non-profit corporation which partners with 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 and fundraising events. 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 state appropriated money.

"DNR's mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina's natural resources and it is our mission to support DNR," said HWF board chairman Dr. Julius L. Leary of Greenwood. "We continue to be indebted to all who so generously supported our fundraising efforts, allowing us to help fund DNR's natural resources efforts in the Palmetto State," said HWF executive director Jim Goller of Beaufort and a DNR retiree."

Public education of wildlife and marine resources management and conservation is a major thrust of the fundís purpose. Scholarships are annually awarded to S.C. resident students to attend a S.C. 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 in the field of journalism. The Hampton Fund partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation in 2013 and received a $50,000 donation for DNR marine projects, two new Hampton Fund scholarships and a graduate assistantship to correlate and publish billfish tag return data collected by DNR.

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

*Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic

*Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower Project

*Jocassee Gorges Visitors Center Educational Displays

*DNR Law Enforcement Program

*Operation Game Thief

*Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Rodeos

*Take One Make One Youth Mentoring Program

*DNR Shooting Sports Program

*Aquatic Education Program

*Marine Education Program

*Educational Vessel Discovery

*DNR Land, Water and Conservation Envirothon

*Camp Wildwood

*Bruce Rush Artificial Reef

*S.C. Memorial Deepwater Reef Project

*Bruce Rush Pavilion and Youth Archery Range, Anne Close Springs Greenway

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