NEWS RELEASE #05-156 Aug 8, 2005 DNR News (803) 734-3950
HUNTING, FISHING LICENSE BUYERS ARE OFFERED 'TEAM DNR' DECAL
A new decal-"Team DNR"-has been created to help hunting and fishing license buyers' show their support for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' efforts in managing and conserving the state's natural resources.
The "Team DNR" decals, suitable for display on vehicles and other places, are available free at S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regional offices for people who purchase or have purchased a 2005 annual license of $10 or more, including the multi-year lifetime license. The new decals been distributed to all four DNR regional offices in Clemson, Florence, Columbia and Charleston. Individuals who may have already purchased a 2005 license but did not get their decal can pick one up from a DNR regional office by showing their license.
Wade Bales, Region 3 fisheries coordinator and chairman of the DNR Marketing Committee, said many anglers and hunters proudly display membership decals like Team DNR to show support for conservation-oriented organizations: "It's a way for those who buy licenses, traditionally anglers and hunters, to promote the fact that their funds support a variety of projects that benefit the state's natural resources."
Other outdoor users, such as hikers, mountain bikers, paddlers, bird watchers and nature photographers, are also encouraged to purchase a fishing or hunting license so they can show their support for Team DNR. DNR encompasses a wide array of natural resources and natural resource users, and by becoming a member of Team DNR, outdoor recreationists are supporting all of the natural resources of the wonderful and diverse Palmetto State.
In a 2003 survey of South Carolina residents by the DNR Freshwater Fisheries Section, 91 percent of respondents rated protecting natural areas (rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands) as very important. Furthermore, 56 percent had participated in watching wildlife near our lakes, streams, and rivers. Ninety-two percent of resident respondents felt it was very important that there are places for fish and wildlife to live, according to Responsive Management, the Harrisonburg, Va., firm that conducted the 2003 survey.
Since DNR was formed, anglers and hunters have provided the bulk of revenue through their purchase of permits to hunt and fish. The benefits of these funds, however, go beyond the scope of traditional wildlife and fisheries management. Management and conservation activities funded by the sportsmen and women of South Carolina benefit all natural resource users, whether they are hikers, bikers, birders, recreational boaters, or backyard naturalists.
DNR regional offices can be found at the following locations:
DNR Region 1-Clemson (Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Laurens, Abbeville, Greenwood, Union, Cherokee, McCormick, Edgefield) 153 Hopewell Road, Pendleton, SC 29670, (864) 654-1671
DNR Region 2-Florence (York, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Kershaw, Lee, Chester, Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Williamsburg) 2007 Pisgah Road, Florence, SC 29501, (843) 661-4766
DNR Region 3-Columbia (Newberry, Saluda, Aiken, Lexington, Richland, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Barnwell, Allendale, Bamberg, Sumter, Clarendon) 1000 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 734-3888
Region 4-Charleston (Horry, Hampton, Georgetown, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Colleton, Jasper, Beaufort) PO Box 12559, 217 Ft. Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29422, (843) 953-9300.