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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.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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TWF Introduces New Wildlife License Plate PDF Print E-mail

Thanks to a generous gift to the Capital Campaign by TWF board member Dan Hammond, TWF will once again launch a wildlife specialty plate to fund conservation efforts in Tennessee. The artwork was provided by renowned wildlife artist Phillip Crowe of Franklin, TN.  It features a ruby-throated hummingbird, one of the most beautiful and commonly found varieties of the species found in Tennessee. 

To reserve your plate, click here

 
Campbell County Student Wins Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest PDF Print E-mail
Campbell County High School senior Brandon Sharp of LaFollette won the overall 2008 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp art competition. The Best of Show award winner was of a pair of mallards.  TWF, along with TWRA and Bass Pro Shops are partners in the event sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Wildlife Habitat - Native Grasses Offer Some of the Best PDF Print E-mail

Learn all about the establishment and management of native warm season grasses and managing early successional habitat for wildlife in this feature article from TWF's Tennessee Out-of-Doors Magazine (TOD). TOD is one of the many benefits of membership you can receive by joining TWF. Click here to read the article.

 
Book now for the Sportsman Alaska Cruise Adventure! PDF Print E-mail
Carnival Cruise Line and AAA travel are offering TWF members a Sportsman Alaska Cruise adventure in June of 2009. Departing from Vancouver, the Northbound Alaska itinerary is packed with the best this untamed frontier has to offer. Additionally, one cruise for two will be drawn in a raffle at TWF’s outdoor tradeshows – the Tennessee Wildlife Extravaganza July 18-20 in Franklin and the MidSouth Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza August 8-10 in Memphis.
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