2019 Tennessee Code
Title 70 - Wildlife Resources
Chapter 1 - General and Administrative Provisions
Part 3 - Wildlife Resources Agency
§ 70-1-301. Creation -- Statement of policy.
(a) There is hereby created a wildlife resources agency, which shall have full and exclusive jurisdiction of the duties and functions relating to wildlife formerly held by the game and fish commission or of any other law relating to the management, protection, propagation, and conservation of wildlife, including hunting and fishing, except those powers and duties conferred upon the fish and wildlife commission as provided in § 70-1-206.
(b) It is the policy of the state that the agency shall be nonpartisan and shall place first and foremost the welfare of the wildlife and its environment in the agency's planning and decisions, and to encourage, by every appropriate means, the full development of the state's natural resources to the benefit of all of the citizens of Tennessee, including, but not limited to, the creation of a comprehensive long-range management plan to integrate the wildlife resource agency's efforts and to implement and encourage full utilization of Tennessee's wildlife resources consistent with realistic conservation principles.