[TN-Bird] Cranes hunt decision Jan 20 and 21, Nashville

  • From: Melinda Welton <weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tnbird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:19:44 -0600

Dear all
This morning Chris Sloan and I met with Ed Carter to discuss concerns that
we have over the crane proposal and how it might negatively impact TWRA.

It was a very friendly meeting and Ed was very open and candid with us about
the fact that some Commissioners were dead set in favor of a hunt, some were
opposed, but most were carefully considering all aspects.

We learned that the Commissioners will meet in the afternoon of Thursday,
and all day Friday January 20th and 21st in Nashville. On Thursday the
Wildlife Committee will meet and listen to public comments, they will vote
among themselves on a recommendation, present their recommendation to the
Commision on Friday, and then the full Commission will vote. See below for
the information that Ed Carter sent us.

It will be important for as many people as possible to be present both days.

Chris and I will both likely speak before the committee, one of us will be
representing TOS. Individuals and groups are invited to speak, but it is
best to notify the Commission ahead of time (I would recommend sending an
email to Mike Chase, the TWRC Chairman <mike.chase@xxxxxx>).

Members of the Wildlife Management Committee:
Mike Hayes, Chairperson
Jeff McMillin, Vice-Chairperson
William Brown      
Ken Givens
Todd Shelton
Eric Wright
Johnny Coleman

Remember the written public comment period ends January 19th, but the sooner
comments are submitted, the better.
Put "Sandhill Crane Proposal" in the subject line, and send comments to:

For added impact, send a copy of your comments to:
1. The TWRA Commissioner for your district
2. The chair of the Wildlife Committee, Mike Hayes <Mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
3. All of the Commissioners <www.state.tn.us/twra/comnames.html>

Additional information is posted on the TOS website.
www.tnbirds.org/ConsPolCom/Proposed Crane Hunt.html

Melinda Welton
TOS Conservation Policy Committee

------ Forwarded Message
From: Ed Carter <ed.carter@xxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:36:37 -0600
To: Melinda Welton <weltonmj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Chris Sloan
Subject: Re: This morning

Melinda and Chris:
Thanks for the kind comments, I really enjoyed the conversation and the
company. I've asked the Wildlife Division to give me some feedback on some
of the major items you brought up this morning. They've given them to me in
a written format and I'll send them on when I get them electronically. To
reiterate, the Commission will ask for most of the public comment to occur
on Thursday afternoon. The entire Commission can join in the discussion but
only the Wildlife Committee will vote on a recommendation. That
recommendation will be presented during the Wildlife Committee meeting the
next day (Friday around 9:00 AM) and the entire Commission will discuss the
committee action and take some type of formal action. I'll go ahead and
notify the Commission that the TOS will make comments. The Commission will
assume that the comments will be made by one person on behalf of the TOS but
that does not preclude any other TOS members from commenting as individuals.
If either of you would like to be listed as the primary spokesperson, please
let me know. I've sent the Commission committee members in another e-mail.

Best wishes and thanks for the input

Ed Carter, Executive Director
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
PO Box 40747
Nashville, Tn  37204
Phone: 615-781-6552

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