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Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission


Commissioners are non-salaried public servants who spend countless hours corresponding with constituents within assigned districts. They are the sportsman’s representatives when it comes to fish, wildlife, and state boating issues.

Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Next Meeting

TFWC Committee Meetings
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1 p.m.
Buffalo Ridge Refuge WMA
1135 Cuba Landing Rd, Waverly, TN

TFWC Meeting
Friday, March 29, 2019, 9 a.m.
Buffalo Ridge Refuge WMA
1135 Cuba Landing Rd, Waverly, TN

TFWC Chairman Kurt Holbert

TFWC Chairman Kurt Holbert

Our Evolving Commission

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Since the inception of a commission to provide governance to what has evolved into today’s Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, hundreds of “private citizens” have freely given their time, energy, and intellect to make Tennessee a role model of fish and wildlife management. 

While the commission and the agency have gone through organizational changes since 1949, when Governor Gordon Browning appointed the historic first group of commissioners, the goal has never changed to parallel wise management of our natural resources with the interests and concerns of sportsmen.

 

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Our governing body is referred to as the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission (TFWC). Nine members of this 13-member voting group still receive their six-year appointments from our governor.  However, the state’s General Assembly (House and Senate) now appoints four members to four-year terms.    In addition to today’s 13 TFWC members, there are also three ex-officio commissioners that include our governor, our state agriculture commissioner, and our environment & conservation commissioner.

Since the earliest days of Governor Browning’s first commission picks to the TFWC’s most recent appointments, 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.   

Commission  Information

TFWC Chair
(Statewide)

600 Wheat Store Road
Decaturville , TN 38329
Cell:          (731) 549-6801
E-mail: kurt.holbert@tn.gov

Mr. Holbert lives in the community of Decaturville and is affiliated with B&B Sawmill, Inc., which has been a family-owned business for more than 45 years. He is on the Board of Directors for the Decatur County Farm Bureau.

He is a member of the Riverside High School FFA Alumni, life member of the National Rifle Association, and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

He enjoys turkey hunting, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, and travel. He also devotes his time to coaching baseball and softball.

"I am looking forward to helping promote the natural resources of our great state," he said. "It is very important to me that we protect our resources so that future generations can enjoy the same opportunities that I've been able to enjoy."

Mr. Holbert and his wife, Melanie, are the parents of son, Jackson, and daughter, Lainie.

TFWC Secretary
(District 3) - District counties: Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam. Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren and White.

P.O. Box 82
Moss, TN 38575
(931) 397-9937
E-mail:Brian.McLerran@tn.gov

Mr. McLerran is farmer, focusing on Angus cattle in the Clay County community of Moss. He attended Celina High and Tennessee Tech University.

He is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, NRA, and involved with coaching shotgun sports through Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). Along with working with youth, he enjoys horseback riding and hunting deer, turkeys, and squirrels.

“I am excited to learn about everything that the TWRA does, setting seasons and limits and how the wildlife is managed.”

Mr. McLerran and his wife, Samantha, have three children; Ella, Brie and Cord.

(District 8) - District counties: Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Madison, Obion, and Weakley.

25 Lake Pointe Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 217-3539
E-mail: Angie.Box@tn.gov 

Mrs. Box and her family are very active in the Jackson-Madison County area. Mrs. Box works as a real estate investor.

She attended Lambuth University and the University of Tennessee at Martin where she earned her B.S. degree. She is a member of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Deer River Hunting Retriever Club. She enjoys boating on the Tennessee River, fishing, turkey hunting, running, Labrador retriever training, and her children’s activities. She is a member of the Madison County Republican Party, All Saint Church, and NRA. Mrs. Box serves on the Bancorp South Advisory Board, USJ Bruins Club Board, Arts Build, and the USJ Board.

“Primarily, I am excited about the opportunity to serve the state of Tennessee and its citizens. Secondarily, I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the work of the TWRA and the technology and science related to that work.”

Mrs. Box and her husband, Brad, are the parents of four children: Weston, Jenna, Marshall, and Jondavid

(District 2) - District counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union.

151 Kyker Ferry Road
Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 932-1101
E-mail: Kent.Woods@tn.gov 

Mr. Woods is a self-employed businessman in Kodak, including being involved in excavating, farming, distillery, and the making of sausage. An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, rafting, ATVs, boating, and sporting clays.

He also serves Sevier County as commissioner of the 8th District. He is a member of the Northview Optimist Club and Ducks Unlimited.  He attended school in Sevier County at Northview Elementary and later at Sevier County High.

Mr. Woods is looking forward to “First learning all I can about the TWRA other than just knowing game wardens.” He is the father of three daughters; Heather, Haley, and Markenna. 

(District 6)
District counties: Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart, Wayne, and Williamson.

625 Cola Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043
Cell: (931) 444-3641
E-mail: connie.king@tn.gov

Mrs. King is a long-time resident of Clarksville and Montgomery County and is involved with several outdoors and community-related organizations

. In the past, she served on the board of directors for the Montgomery County Shooting Complex. She is currently on the board of The Hope Pregnancy Center, which serves women and girls of Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

She is an active member in Grace Community Church.She and her husband, David, own and operate Midsouth Shooters Supply, a mail order business that ships shooting supplies throughout the United States as well as many other countries around the world.

Mrs. King enjoys wing shooting, especially duck with her husband, but fishing for crappie, shell crackers and bass is her favorite pastime in the outdoors. “I am looking forward to learning more about how the TWRA serves the citizens of Tennessee as well as (how it) protects our wildlife,” she said. “Also, I look forward to meeting so many others who are passionate about this heritage.” Mrs. King and David are the parents of two married daughters and have six grandchildren.

(District 4) - Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie.

5928 Hixson Pike, Ste. A-355
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 567-4801
E-mail: Tony.Sanders@tn.gov

Commissioner Sanders is involved with numerous outdoors-related and professional organizations in the Chattanooga area. He works as a CPA and hosts the weekly Tony Sanders Outdoors Radio Show each Saturday morning on WGOW-FM (102.3).

Among his hobbies is serving as a Hunter Education instructor which he has done so for many years. He also enjoys small game hunting, upland bird hunting, and fishing.

He serves on the executive committee of Tennessee Friends of NRA, a board member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of SCI, treasure of the Tri-State Quail Forever and a member of Ducks Unlimited, NWTF-Cherokee Chapter, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Highland Sportsman Club. He is the vice president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs. Commissioner Sanders received his associate degree from Chattanooga State Tech Community College, his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and MBA from Tennessee Tech University.

“I am looking forward to working for all hunters, fishermen, and all the stakeholders of Tennessee wildlife. I want to maximize the enjoyment and benefits of our abundant resources.”

Commissioner Sanders and his wife, Kinah, have two children, daughter, Amber Chastain and son, Kyle.

(Statewide)

460 Lock 5 Road
Lebanon, TN 37087
(901) 484-8348
E-mail: Dennis.Gardner@tn.gov

Mr. Gardner serves as an air traffic controller. He is a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). He is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, working with his Labrador retrievers, and golfing. He also enjoys introducing people to the outdoors, especially getting youth involved in outdoor activities and teaching them how to be safe, successful and ethical.

As a commissioner, Mr. Gardner is looking forward to “Learning all I can about the TWRA and meeting the great people that make Tennessee a great place to enjoy the outdoors. I also look forward to enhancing all of the great work accomplished by the commission to date.”

A graduate of Millington Central High, Mr. Gardner and his wife, Kim, reside in the Shelby County community of Lakeland.

(Statewide)

221 Revell Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(615) 308-8899
E-mail: James.Stroud@tn.gov

Mr. Stroud returns to the TFWC as a statewide appointee after previously after serving four years from 2012-15.

Mr. Stroud returns to the TFWC as a statewide appointee after previously after serving four years from 2012-15.

He received the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Conservation Communicator award in 2015. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in effectively conveying the conservation message and creating public awareness of conservation issues in the news media.

Upon his return to the commission, Mr. Stroud is looking forward to continuing to grow the hunting and outdoor experiences for youth and enhance our Tennessee outdoor resources.”

A graduate of Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, La.

Enjoys hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding.

He and his wife, Laura, previously maintained their primary residence in Brentwood.

Department of Environment & Conservation David W. Salyers, P.E.

Department of Environment & Conservation

312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
Nashville, TN 37243
(888) 891-TDEC (8332)

Charlie Hatcher, P.V.M. (Ex-Officio Member)

TN Dept. of Agriculture

Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Business: (615) 837-5202
Fax: (615) 837-5333

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State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Business: (615) 741-2001

Fish & Wildlife Commission Meetings -- 2019

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