From the Great Smoky Mountains, to the Mississippi River, from the Land Between the Lakes, to the Cumberland Plateau, this is your Tennessee.
Today, TWRF is poised to succeed. From humble beginnings, the organization has grown into the largest conservation nonprofit in Tennessee. The Tennessee Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt continues to be our flagship fundraiser. Coupled with a more balanced and comprehensive development and fundraising platform, our Heritage Club is the backbone of our annual giving. It provides sustainable, year-round income to support the organization’s many programs.
Tennessee has a rich hunting and fishing heritage. We are working diligently to maintain this valued lifestyle. We assist TWRA in managing many great programs including National Archery in the Schools, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Hunter Education, After School Archery Program, Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS), Moment of Freedom Project, Wounded Soldier Events and more. We also operate the Montgomery County Shooting Complex in partnership with TWRA. The facility has grown into the largest public shooting range in the state, offering standard and steel pistol ranges, 100, 200, and 400-yard rifle ranges, trap, skeet, 5-stand, sporting clays and archery course.
Partnering with TWRA on multiple tracts, we have assisted in the acquisition of more than 1,000 acres of property, providing public hunting opportunities across the state. We now administer more than 60 restricted accounts for TWRA personnel, supporting dozens of hunting and fishing events for Tennessee’s youth. We play a pivotal role in wildlife conservation by administering numerous contracts for wildlife disease and endangered species research. The completion of the Hatchie River Wetland Mitigation Bank has resulted in successful restoration of nearly 700 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, which will be transferred to TWRA to manage for public hunting upon closure of the mitigation bank. Through the efforts of TSMP, more than 50 miles of degraded streams have been restored, with more than 500 acres of sensitive riparian habitat protected by perpetual conservation easements.
These are just some of our recent accomplishments and contributions. With a continued focus, a solid plan, and strong leadership from an invested and motivated board of directors, we can accomplish even more in the coming years. As the nonprofit arm of TWRA, we can provide a synergy to help TWRA realize its goals for the benefit of future generations of outdoorsmen and women.
Banner Image – Country Road in Cade’s Cove, TN – Photo Credit: Dean Fikar