GWF’s Camo Coalition began in 1999 with the purpose of enabling sportsmen and women across Georgia to act quickly if there is an issue affecting our land, water, wildlife, or outdoor recreation interests. GWF and the Camo Coalition have always had the ear of legislators, but the effectiveness of the program exploded in 2005 with the addition of an online component allowing members to contact elected officials via email. Since then, the Camo Coalition has become one of, if not the, most effective conservation tools in the state. Why? Because our members take the time to act on behalf of Georgia’s wildlife and wild places.

What makes the Camo Coalition different? We aren’t playing politics. We are wading through the legislation and issues that can potentially affect our natural resources. en, guided by research, experience, and sound management principles — NOT POLITICS — we’re presenting the information to you, our members, so that you can make your own,
informed decision about how to you would like your elected officials to weigh in on the matter.

Make no mistake — our legislators are listening to us. This was demonstrated clearly during the 2017 Georgia General Assembly amid
discussions concerning HB208 and the increased funding it would bring to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Following the Senate Natural Resources Committee meeting on the issue, a legislator not involved in the hearing approached GWF President Mike Worley saying, “I sure wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of you guys!”

He was speaking of the overwhelming presence at the meeting from GWF partners, and the clear message in support of the bill coming from Camo Coalition members. But, the Camo Coalition’s work on HB208 isn’t over yet. We will be watching diligently to make sure the
money is going to where it is supposed to go.

Joining the Camo Coalition is free. We encourage you to sign up at
www.camocoalition.org and join with us to keep Georgia wild.

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