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TWRC to host first meeting of 2010 at Reelfoot

TWRC to host first meeting of 2010 at Reelfoot

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010 3:02 pm
By: NASHVILLE (AP)

 NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Re-sources Commission will hold its first meeting of 2010 Jan. 21-22 at Reelfoot Lake State Park near Tiptonville. It will be the third consecutive year that the TWRC’s January meeting will be held at the Reelfoot Lake State Park. The TWRC meeting begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 with the committee meetings and starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 with the regular meeting. Among the items on January’s agenda, the commission will receive an update on the 2010 Elk Hunt. TWRA officials are expected to make final recommendations concerning the 2010 elk hunt at February’s TWRC meeting. A report will be presented on the new Watchable Wildlife Web site which was launched Tuesday. TWRA, in collaboration with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, has launched the Watchable Wildlife Web site, to promote watchable wildlife across the state, and the Bluebird License Plate, which funds Watchable Wildlife projects. The new Web site has a variety of new functionalities to assist individuals interested in watching wildlife, such as bird identification assistance, and information on where to view wildlife. TWRA executive director Ed Carter will present a proposed restructure of the agency for the TWRC consideration. At an earlier TWRC meeting, there were several proposals for new license types including a one-day non-resident fishing, and a one-day resident trout license. TWRA officials will review the proposals and also present information on implementing a new fishing guide license. The TWRC serves as the governing body for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The public is invited to attend. TWRC commissioner Mike Hayes said a restructuring of the wildlife agency will be discussed. “We are just going to try to get mean and tough,” he said. “We have a couple of options we’re going to look at. We’re going to try to restructure TWRA, (have it) do a better job, make it more streamlined, serve the people of Tennessee, the public, even better.” Hayes said TWRA will go the way the rest of state government has gone: Cut its budget and make personnel changes where necessary. “We’ve cut our budget pretty good the last couple of years, to where we can stay financially secure,” he said. As for a target date to implement recommended changes, he said he “has no idea.” Will any positions be cut? “We’ve been having a hiring freeze,” he said. “We’re not cutting anything; we’re just not hiring or replacing. We’re thinking about combining some positions.” Published in The Messenger 1.15.10

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