The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), met recently and 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, non-profit 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, fund raising 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 fund raising 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