Frequently Asked Questions
Is TWRF part of TWRA?
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) was created to directly support and work jointly with The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), but it operates as a self-regulating, non-profit organization. TWRF assists the TWRA in areas such as habitat conservation, strategic land acquisition, youth events, and educational programs.
How does TWRF help natural resources in Tennessee?
A focal point of TWRF’s mission is the restoration and conservation of Tennessee's natural resources. The organization's dedication to this mission is best measured by the on-the-ground results of its efforts. Through the TWRF’s Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program (TSMP), over 48 miles of degraded streams have been restored. The organization has also restored nearly 800 acres of forested wetlands. Additionally, TWRF is currently protecting over 400 acres of critical riparian habitat through perpetual conservation easements. These are just some of the accomplishments for which the TWRF is directly responsible. TWRF has also contributed multitudes of other conservation initiatives by partnering with TWRA and other organizations to benefit Tennessee's natural resources.
Why should I donate to TWRF?
If you firmly support responsible management of Tennessee's wildlife and natural resources, then you should be a part of TWRF. Your contribution will help preserve Tennessee's hunting and fishing heritage and support game and non-game wildlife and habitat improvement. Contributions also fund Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife website and help enhance recreational activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing, bird watching, and multitudes of other outdoor endeavors.
What does my contribution help support?
Your contribution to TWRF will assist us in our mission of promoting habitat conservation, an ethic of land stewardship and Tennessee's hunting and fishing heritage through various means. Because of our unique position as a non-profit organization, we are able to aid TWRA by offering flexibility that state agencies cannot achieve alone. We assist TWRA with programs all over the state including free youth fishing days and hunter education classes organized by county wildlife officers, offering non-federal matching dollars to waterfowl management grants, and administering grants that benefit the youth sportsmen in the state.
How can I become more active in TWRF?
We welcome any hands-on assistance or ideas that you can offer as a volunteer. TWRF could not be successful without the help of our volunteers. Many of our past successes have been accomplished through creative, hard working volunteers. If you want to become personally involved with one of our projects, or want to help us get more people involved in the outdoors, give us a call. You might be surprised at the difference you can make.
How can I find out more about TWRF?
Call our office at 615-831-9311 and we will be glad to answer any questions that you may have. Our office hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Subscribe to our newsletter to be keep up on our activities. We will strive to keep our website up to date and informative as well.
Can TWRF help me with my wildlife related issue?
Since TWRF is not involved with issues related to nuisance wildlife control, hunting licenses, permits, etc., please contact the TWRA regional office in your area. They will be glad to assist you with any of these issues or refer you to an appropriate contact.
TWRA Region 1 Office (West Tennessee) 1-800-372-3928
TWRA Region 2 Office (Middle Tennessee) 1-800-624-7406
TWRA Region 3 Office (Cumberland Plateau) 1-800-262-6704
TWRA Region 4 Office (East Tennessee) 1-800-332-0900
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