TWF Hosts Nation's Largest Youth Waterfowl Hunt PDF Print E-mail
YouthHuntDavis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt Plays Host to More Than 175 Tennessee Youth
The Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) through one of its education programs, the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP), hosted its 1st Annual Davis P. Rice Youth Waterfowl Hunt in Dyersburg, Tennessee on Saturday January 31, 2009.  The hunt was the largest organized youth waterfowl hunt in the nation, with 175 youth hunters and included 12 different farms and 19 hunting blinds.
The hunt was open to all youth participants currently registered in the TNSCTP, the nations largest youth shotgun shooting program.  Athletes from 20 teams across Tennessee where chosen for the "once in a lifetime" event.

The Davis P. Rice Youth Waterfowl Hunt is in honor of TWF President Tom Rice's son Davis P. Rice.  Davis was killed in an automobile accident in 2007 and was an avid waterfowl hunter. A memorial scholarship fund has been placed in his name.
Conservation Giant and Tennessee Son James D. Range Dies at 63 PDF Print E-mail
JimRangeMany Tennesseans will never know the name or the man Jim Range, and that is their loss. Jim's career and impact on conservation in America has been enormous. Jim was born in Butler, Tennessee and grew up in Johnson City. He attended Tulane University, Tennessee Technological University where he received his Masters in Fisheries and his doctor of Juris Prudence from the University of Miami. This upbringing and education, along with Jim's passion for the outdoors, allowed him to successfully champion major conservation achievements during his lifetime. Rarely does passion, education and ability come together in a person - it certainly did for Jim. For those of us who knew Jim, I feel it safe to say he made our lives better. Jim, you will be deeply missed.

Michael A. Butler, CEO
Tennessee Wildlife Federation

For more information on the incredible contribution Jim made to our nation's conservation efforts, please click the read more below and read the press release from Jim's friends at TRCP.
TWF to Sponsor Free Educators Workshop at NWTF Annual Convention PDF Print E-mail

ProjectWildTWF, in partnership TWRA, the Tennessee Forestry Association, the U.S. Forest Service, Project CENTS and the Tennessee State Chapter NWTF will sponsor an educators workshop at the National Wild Turkey Federation's Annual Convention in February.  

Educators will have the opportunity to participate in the day-long seminar at the Gaylord/Opryland Resort and Convention Center.  Attendees will receive over $75 worth of educational materials including a Wild about Turkey Education Box, hands-on curriculum based activities for teaching about wildlife conservation, and a Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide.  The workshop is limited to 25 participants on a first come first serve basis.  For more information or to register, download a flyer by clicking here.

Several State Waterfowl Refuges Closed During Part Of Migration PDF Print E-mail

Hiwasse RefugeSeveral Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) waterfowl refuges in the state will close to public access this winter to provide migrating waterfowl a place to feed and rest, undisturbed by human activities, according to the TWRA.

These refuges are closed to public access, except in designated observation areas, each year during the peak of the migrations.

To see a list of the dates and waterfowl refuges to be closed by region, click on "read more."

TWRA Executive Director Gary Myers Announces Retirement PDF Print E-mail

directormyersGary Myers, one of the longest serving leaders of a state conservation agency in United States history, has announced his retirement as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, effective March 1, 2009. Myers' announcement came during the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission meeting in Kingsport on Wednesday (Oct. 22).

He was named as TWRA Executive Director in 1978 and celebrated his 30th anniversary in the position this year. Widely recognized by his peers and conservation organizations throughout the country, Myers has received numerous honors during his acclaimed career.

TWF Testifies Before Special Joint Legislative Study Committee PDF Print E-mail

Committee Formed to Study Possible Improvements to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) Executive Director, Michael Butler, testified today before the Special Joint Legislative Study Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Committee was formed to study possible improvements to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) including, but not limited to, the issues of state and federal funding sources and how the Agency is governed and managed.

TWF Attends White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy PDF Print E-mail

Secretary of the Interior Dirk KempthorneVice President Announces Plan to Protect Four Million Additional Acres of Wetlands

TWF Board Member Terry Lewis and Communications Director Karen Vaughn attended the White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy last week in Reno, NV.   More than 500 representatives of wildlife conservation groups and wildlife agencies from around the country met to discuss the development of a comprehensive ten year Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan.

New Farm Bill Provides Higher Returns Conservation-Minded Tennessee Landowners PDF Print E-mail

WetlandThe 2008 Farm Bill enacted by Congress is resulting in significant changes that offer a higher cost of return to Tennessee farmers and landowners, according to the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Under the new Farm Bill, the rates for entering into the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) have climbed substantially. The WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.

“If you have previously considered enrolling your land in WRP, I encourage you to give it a second look,” said State Conservationist Kevin Brown. “Rates are currently being set for every county in Tennessee, and they are significantly higher than they were just a few weeks ago.”

More Than a Million Dollars in Wildlife Habitat Assistance Made Available to Tennesseans in 2008 PDF Print E-mail

Now that the new Farm Bill has become law, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds Tennessee landowners that now is the best time to signup for wildlife habitat assistance.  Tennessee has received an additional $289,000 for fiscal year 2008 to help landowners who qualify for the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). This latest allocation brings the amount of WHIP funds directed to Tennessee to over a million dollars this year—a record amount for the state.

Hummingbird Plate Now Available PDF Print E-mail

The new TWF Hummingbird license plate is now available at your local county clerk's office!  Thanks to a generous gift to the Capital Campaign by TWF board member Dan Hammond, TWF  pre-sold the required 1,000 plates to place our new hummingbird plate into production. The artwork was generously provided by renowned wildlife artist Phillip Crowe of Franklin, TN.  The featured ruby-throated hummingbird is one of the most beautiful and commonly found varieties of the species found in Tennessee. 

For more information on getting a specialty plate, click here.  Thanks to all of you that helped support wildlife by pre-purhasing this plate! 

Tennessee Out-Of-Doors Magazine PDF Print E-mail
Discover what's happening around your federation with the official magazine of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.
TWF License Plate Now Available PDF Print E-mail
The TWF license plate has been manufactured and is now available to everyone! You can purchase the plate through your local County Clerk's office.  For more information on how to purchase this plate click here
E-newsletter PDF Print E-mail

With TWF's free E-newsletter, you will learn more about work that TWF is conducting, wildilfe and conservation issues across Tennessee, and current events taking place.

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