States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in mid-February.
Dr. Dave Buehler of UT Knoxville gave a summary of quail capture efforts and preliminary findings from the Quail Research Project being conducted on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The vision of the project is to make WMAs focal areas for quail habitat. There is a comprehensive enhancement plan for each of the focal areas.
An overview of TWRA’s R3 (Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation) and marketing efforts was given. R3 is an initiative to get people outdoors to take advantage of the natural resources Tennessee has to offer, and the Agency has continued efforts to keep people hunting and fishing.
TWRA also recognized outstanding staff members who have served the Agency and the public well. Lt. Col Glenn Moates of the Boating and Law Enforcement Division was honored upon his retirement. He concluded his 36-year TWRA Law Enforcement career Jan. 31. He served as wildlife officer to begin his career and was influential in the creation of the Agency’s chaplain program. He personally ministered to natural disaster victims, accident survivors, and TWRA staff faced with challenging times.
Perita Johnson was introduced as the Information Technology (IT) Division Professional of the and Year for 2022. An employee of TWRA since 2007, she serves as the Project Manager-Associate and plays a critical role in keeping Agency information updated.