Tennessee

Wildlife mandate in statute

“It is the policy of the state that the agency shall be nonpartisan and shall place first and foremost the welfare of the wildlife and its environment in the agency’s planning and decisions, and to encourage, by every appropriate means, the full development of the state’s natural resources to the benefit of all of the citizens of Tennessee, including, but not limited to, the creation of a comprehensive long-range management plan to integrate the wildlife resource agency’s efforts and to implement and encourage full utilization of Tennessee’s wildlife resources consistent with realistic conservation principles.”

The Commission:

  • Name: Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 13
  • Term length: 6 years for governor appointed members, 4 years for General Assembly appointed members
  • How selected: 9 members appointed by Governor, 4 members appointed by General Assembly
  • Senate confirmation required: N/A – the state house and senate appoint 4 of the 13 members
  • Selection criteria per statute

In making appointments to the fish and wildlife commission, the governor and the speakers shall strive to ensure that at least one (1) person serving on the commission is sixty (60) years of age or older, at least one (1) person serving on the commission is a member of a racial minority, and at least two (2) persons serving on the commission are female.”

  • From the Commission’s website

“The men and women who serve Tennessee’s sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, and boaters, strive to create a combination of management that has positive results for our natural resources and our citizens who have long provided monetary and moral support for wise fisheries and wildlife management. Our TFWC commissioners are the sportsman’s representatives when it comes to fish, wildlife, and state boating issues.”

The Agency:

  • Name: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Mission statement from agency website

The Mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.”

Revenues:

† Other: Departmental Revenue

†† Minor Other (no single source ≥10%): Current Services, Permanent Funds

Source: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14virTqNMI6NTt7Cd1-c3HJhs3N1ObW0v/edit#gid=1066150336

Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report