In 1949 the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission separated from the Department of Conservation and became a self supporting agency. A board of commissioners guided the agency, which was headed by the executive director. In 1974 the agency became the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, reflecting its responsibility for all wildlife.
Our mission is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. Over 90% of Tennessee is privately owned. This means in order for TWRA to meet its goals and continue its mission the Agency must work hand in hand with private landowners in order to protect, enhance, and maintain habitat for native species in Tennessee.
TWRF was established as a 501c(3) nonprofit organization to support the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and to promote habitat conservation, responsible land stewardship, and Tennessee's hunting and fishing heritage The TWRF assists TWRA with youth education programs as well as strategic land acquisition to provide opportunities for habitat conservation/restoration and public hunting. Through TWRF fundraising efforts and support, TWRF provides a synergy to help the TWRA realize its goals.