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Posted: March 22, 2013 6:22 p.m.

Nonprofit holds Clay Shoot and BBQ

The Georgia Natural Resources Foundation is hosting a Clay Shoot and BBQ Saturday and invites the public to come out and shoot flying targets and enjoy some BBQ this weekend in Social Circle.

Ben Stowers, executive director for the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, said the organization will have an inaugural event from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., to raise awareness about the foundation and show what it has to offer. The event will be held at Arrowhatchee Farm, located at 0429 Hamby Lane, Social Circle.

Registration for the event starts at 2 p.m. The Clay Shoot event will start at 2:30 p.m., followed by the BBQ at 4:30 p.m. as a bluegrass band will perform and a short program will be held, Stowers said.

GNRF was founded in 2010 to help the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The charitable nonprofit organization supports the preservation of Georgia’s natural and cultural resources through projects, activities and programs of the Georgia DNR.

Stowers explained that Clay Shoot and BBQ is an appreciation event for all of the organizations donors and also for people who want to learn more about the organization.

“As a result of the support we have received from our donors, the organization has raised right around a half a million dollars over the past couple of years,” Stowers said. “That’s pretty impressive and it shows the support I think that our state gives to natural resources. They also see the value in what they can provide to the quality of life here in Georgia. So we’re certainly appreciative of that.”

Stowers said GNRF supports four of the five divisions of the Georgia DNR, which are historic preservation, wildlife resources, costal resources, parks, historic sites and recreation division.

“We would appreciate anybody in the local area coming out and seeing what we do because DNR does have a large presence out in that part of the state with the wildlife resources headquarters in Social Circle and the wildlife federation, of course, there in Covington,” Stowers said.

“A number of people who have worked in the natural resources industries in various ways end up sort of retiring and living in that area as well. It’s something that’s important to a lot of folks.”

To learn more about the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, visit georgianrf.org

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