TWRC approves budget

TWRC approves budget

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2008 10:30 pm

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission approved the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2008-09 budget at the TWRC’s meeting held recently. The meeting was held at the Region II Ray Bell Building at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. The new budget goes into effect July 1. Due to a decrease in license sales, TWRA has cut the budget $4.7 million or 7.8 percent from fiscal year 2008-09. The TWRC also passed a motion not to increase TWRA’s hunting and fishing license fees for the license year starting in 2009. The licenses are good from March 1 through the end of the following February each year. George Bidwell, Region IV Area 43 boating officer, was presented the 2008 Boating Safety Awareness Alcohol Awareness Impact Award. The TWRC voted to make the proper budget adjustment after TWRA received a $225,000 Federal Endangered Species Grant for the acquisition of the Pearson Cave property in Hawkins County. The 101-plus acres of the property provides habitat for the endangered Gray and Indiana bats. The TWRC will not meet in July but will resume its schedule Aug. 20-21. The August meeting will be held at Pickwick Landing State Park. Published in The Messenger 6.23.08

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