TWRA’s Ed Carter Receives Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Most Prestigious Honor
NASHVILLE --- Ed Carter, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has received the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) top honor. Director Carter is the recipient of the Seth Gordon Award for lifetime achievement in conserving North America’s natural resources in the public trust and contributing to the programs of the Association.
Director Carter was presented the award Tuesday night (Sept. 24) at the Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony, held this year in St. Paul, Minn. Recognized as an advocate for fish and wildlife management, the prestigious award is the latest honor for TWRA’s leader. He is concluding his tenure as AFWA president.
Since joining TWRA in 1972, Director Carter’s career has been marked by outstanding accomplishments. He has been a positive force in the management and conservation of fish and wildlife, their habitats, and public involvement in the outdoors.
Director Carter assumed his current role in 2009. Previously, he held positions in the divisions of Law Enforcement, Information and Education, and as TWRA Region II assistant manager for 25 counties in Middle Tennessee. He became TWRA’s first Chief of the Boating Division when the division was formed in 1990 and served in the role until his appointment as executive director.
AFWA represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest.
Other honors for Director Carter include the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Meritorious Award, “Environmental Hero,” recognition from the Tennessee State Legislature for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee, induction into the National Boating Safety Hall of Fame by the National Safe Boating Council and selection to the TWRA Hunter Education Hall of Fame.
A native of Hawkins County, Director Carter is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He and his wife of 45 years, Karen, are the parents of three adult children; Mark, Tracie, and Christie.
TWRA Executive Director Carter with wife, Karen, received the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies top honor, the Seth Gordon Award.