joins The Housing Hour this week to share his life passion for preserving, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife in the great state of Tennessee. Ed’s role is to protect the wildlife habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors.
Ed’s roots in East Tennessee
Ed’s influence around the world
TWRA and its role
plus much more!
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has come a long way since it was established in 1949 and was called the Game and Fish Commission. Completely reorganized in 1974, it now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and our visitors.
Directed by a 13-member commission of private citizens appointed by the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the speaker of the senate, the TWRA is unique among state agencies. Unlike most departments, which are supported by tax revenues, the TWRA is funded largely through the monies generated by licenses and permits purchased by hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Yet the Agency plays a major, though often unseen, role in the life of every Tennessean.
With four regional offices strategically located to serve the western, middle, plateau, and eastern portion of the state, the TWRA’s responsibilities are many and varied: wildlife officers educate boaters and young hunters as well as enforce the hunting, fishing, and boating laws; biologists and foresters manage the state’s rich diversity of woods and waters and our game and nongame wildlife.
Our specialists conduct wildlife and aquatic education workshops, protect the state’s vital wetlands; monitor water quality; and preserve the state’s disappearing wildlife species. Our engineers construct boat ramps and docks for the boating and fishing public, while other professionals create accurate, updated maps of Agency-managed properties through a state-of-the-art computer imaging system. Still others sell hunting, fishing, and additional special wildlife recreational licenses; maintain records of the state’s increasing number of registered boats; produce the Tennessee Wildlife magazine, and much, much more.
If you love outdoor sports – boating, hunting, fishing – and
- Executive Director Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)
- President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
- Past President National State Boating Law Administrators
- Past Chair National Safe Boating Council
- Past Member Executive Board of the Canadian Safe Boating Council
- TWRA Emergency Services Coordinator for 16 Years
- Former Member Tennessee Homeland Security Committee
- Recipient of the USCG/USPS (United States Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for contributions to Boating Safety
- NASBLA Bonner Award
- NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award
- US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation
- 2006 Tennessee Legislature passed House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing you for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee
- GRADUATE OF University of Tennessee