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Financial Gain Remains Concern Of Local Hunter Following TWF Ruling

Local hunter Mike O’Neal said his concerns remain the same about a proposed TWRA clearcutting proposal. The Tennessee Wildlife Federation ruled that a TWRA plan in White County met the guidelines of the land gift. O’Neal said the Federation has a connection with TWRA, and both groups stand to make a profit from the timber. “Tennessee Wildlife Commission’s mission statement ... Read More »

TWRA Restocking Cane Creek Park For Winter Fishing

TWRA will release a couple thousand rainbow trout into the Cane Creek Park Lake Wednesday. Region 3 Stream Manager Travis Scott said the agency restocks the water to provide fishing opportunities each winter. “The program started probably 20 years ago in Nashville and has since expanded to each region across the state,” Scott said. “We look for easily accessible public ... Read More »

TWRA Clearcutting Plan In White County Meets Legal Requirements

A Tennessee Wildlife Federation review of TWRA’s proposal to create a quail habitat in White County found the plan meets the requirements set forth in the gifting of the land. The Federation said in a statement released Monday that it has supported science-based, proactive management of lands to maintain or restore diverse habitats and diverse wildlife. TWRA wants to clear ... Read More »

Sparta Alderman, Vice-Mayor Oppose TWRA Habitat Project

Sparta Alderman Jeff Lowery wants to draft a letter to the state, opposing a cutting project in the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness. Lowery said he thinks the Board of Aldermen needs to be aggressive and say the city does not want the hardwoods cut. “As a city of Sparta, I would like for us to even consider sending a letter to ... Read More »

TWRA Holding Public Meeting About White Co. Centennial Wilderness Area

TWRA released a statement Friday concerning the proposed habitat changes at White County’s Centennial Wilderness Area. The statement said specific, scientific information needed to be provided on the proposed changes on 230 acres of the total 54,000. According to TWRA, the need for native grasslands in the natural area is more important than forest land. The statement said, “Native grasslands ... Read More »

State Protecting Skinner Mountain From Future Development

Over 11,000 acres of economically and ecologically important land at Skinner Mountain will be protected from development. The national non-profit organization The Conservation Fund purchased the land for permanent protection through conservation easements. Tennessee Division of Forestry Spokesperson Tim Phelps said this area in Overton and Fentress Counties were highly threatened by development. Phelps said that now, the natural resources ... Read More »

Changes To Sporting Licenses Going Into Effect March 2022

Upper Cumberland sportsmen will soon find license renewals for outdoor activities to be more convenient. TWRA Outreach & Communications Coordinator Mime Barnes said starting in March of 2022, licenses can be purchased at any time. “The commission is our governing body, and the commission listens and we listen to what the general public asks for,” Barnes said. “License holders have ... Read More »

Representative Sherrell Calls Meeting With TWRA Regarding Cutting Project

State Representative Paul Sherrell has scheduled a meeting with TWRA to answer questions about a proposed cutting at the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness. The meeting will be on October 4th at the Sparta Civic Center at 6:00 p.m. “We need to try and get some truth out of this to exactly what they are intending of cutting, so the people will ... Read More »

TWRA Says Bridgestone WMA Cutting Will Benefit More Than Quail

The cutting of some 340 acres in White County’s Bridgestone Wilderness Area is aimed at saving the declining quail species. TWRA plans to begin cutting at Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness this fall. Region Three Wildlife Management Area Coordinator Aubrey Deck said the project will also help strengthen turkey and deer numbers. “Doing projects like this should increase the amount of forage ... Read More »

White Co Hunters Against TWRA Clear Cutting Of Bridgestone Wild Area

Some White County residents disagree with TWRA’s plan to clear cut a portion of the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness. One of those residents is Mike O’Neal who has hunted on the property for some 40 years. O’Neal said he is strongly against the project that would turn a hardwood forest into a quail habitat. “Why would anyone take out a hardwood ... Read More »