2021 Georgia Code
Title 12 - Conservation and Natural Resources
Chapter 2 - Department of Natural Resources
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 12-2-3. Departmental Purposes

Universal Citation: GA Code § 12-2-3 (2021)

It shall be the objectives of the department:

  1. To have the powers, duties, and authority formerly vested in the Division of Conservation and the commissioner of conservation;
  2. By means of investigation, recommendation, and print or electronic publication, to aid:
    1. In the promotion of the conservation and development of the natural resources of the state;
    2. In promoting a more profitable use of lands and waters;
    3. In promoting the development of commerce and industry; and
    4. In coordinating existing scientific investigations with any related work of other agencies for the purpose of formulating and promoting sound policies of conservation and development;
  3. To collect and classify the facts derived from such investigations and from the work of other agencies of the state as a source of information accessible to the citizens of the state and to the public generally, which facts set forth the natural, economic, industrial, and commercial advantages of the state; and
  4. To establish and maintain perfect cooperation with any and every agency of the federal government interested in or dealing with the subject matter of the department.

(Ga. L. 1937, p. 264, § 4; Ga. L. 1949, p. 1079, § 1; Ga. L. 1992, p. 6, § 12; Ga. L. 2010, p. 838, § 11/SB 388.)


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 61B Am. Jur. 2d, Pollution Control, §§ 3, 4, 5.


- 39A C.J.S., Health and Environment, § 120.


- Power of state to prohibit or restrict exportation of natural resources, 32 A.L.R. 331.

Construction of highway through park as violation of use to which park property may be devoted, 60 A.L.R.3d 581.

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