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TWRC’s First 2012 Meeting to Be Held in Chattanooga

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 | 09:30am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will holds its first meeting of 2012 when it gathers in Chattanooga on Jan. 12-13 (Thursday-Friday). The meeting will be held at the Chattanoogan Hotel.
Among the items on the agenda, will be a recommendation by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to extend the expiration date for landowners to allow lease holders to assist with wild hog eradication efforts. An update on all TWRA wild hog eradication efforts will be given.
The commission will hear an update on the status of the state’s elk herd. The TWRA will make its recommendations for the 2012 Elk Hunting Season Proclamation.
The commission will be advised of a public opinion survey being conducted this winter by Responsive Management to measure tolerance levels of Tennessee residents on various black bear issues.
A presentation on fisheries research, past and present, will be given by Dr. Phil Bettoli, assistant leader of the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at Tennessee Tech University. Dr. Bettoli will also present several examples of how much of the research has been used in management applications and decisions on fisheries resources in the state.
A preview of the 21st Annual Sandhill Crane Festival to be held Jan. 14-15 at the Hiwassee Refuge, located north of Chattanooga will be presented. The TWRA serves as one of the hosting partners for the event.
At the commission’s request, a presentation will be made regarding the possibility of offering internet viewing of the commission meetings.
The committee meetings will start at 1 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 12. The formal meeting will start at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13.

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