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.
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
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 the natural world or if you just like to observe wildlife, build birdhouses, maintain a bird feeder or are just curious about the critters in your backyard – the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is here to help enrich your outdoor experience.
President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife
National State Boating
Past Chair National
Safe Boating Council
Past Member Executive Board of the Canadian
Safe Boating Council
Emergency Services Coordinator
Former Member Tennessee
Homeland Security Committee
of the USCG/USPS
(United States Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for contributions to Boating Safety
NASBLA Bonner Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Guard Public Service
2006 Tennessee Legislature passed
House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing
you for meritorious service to the
State of Tennessee