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Tennessee state parks offer economic opportunities.

The Department of Environment and Conservation has announced an economic initiative program to capitalize on the popularity of Tennessee’s 56 state parks and 84 natural areas.

The program will promote tourism and park usage, particularly in economically-distressed areas. Details will be announced for specific parks as the program progresses.

Outdoor recreation in Tennessee generates about $9 billion in revenue and provides over 106,000 jobs.

Land secured: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, in partnership with the Conservation Fund and Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Forestry, has secured 14,700 acres atop the Cumberland Plateau for public use, nature preservation and economic benefits such as sustainable logging.

The land is located in Fentress and Overton counties, and one of the goals is to enhance their current economies while preserving the land for future use.

License-issue change: Starting next year, there will be a change in the period in which hunting and fishing license are issued. Instead of renewing licenses at the end of February as has been done in the past, they will be issued for 365-day periods.

The new rule goes into effect March 1.

Details about license requirements and options are available in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, available at most outdoor outlets.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1969 must pass a TWRA-certified Hunter Education class in order to get a hunting license. The classes are available on-line. Details are available at www.tnwildlife.org.

Deer Seminar for Women: The TWRA’s annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop for women for instruction in deer hunting will be held Nov. 12-14 in Humphreys County.

The seminar costs $250 with meals included, and is open to women 18 and over.

Participants born after Jan. 1, 1969 must complete a Hunter Education class. The classes are offered on-line at www.tnwildlife.org. To register contact Don.Hosse@tn.gov.

Hosse can also be contacted for information about the TWRA’s annual hunt for youngsters 10-16 who have never harvested a deer. The hunt is free and held in Humphreys County.

TWRA supports breast cancer awareness: The TWRA is selling pink patches and hats to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The proceeds go to “Casting for Recovery”, an organization that arranges fly fishing trips for women affected by breast cancer.

Items can be purchased at shop.gooutdoorstennessee.com

State parks volunteers: Throughout the month of October Tennessee’s state parks will host volunteer cleanup events in support of First Lady Maria Lee’s “Tennessee Serves” challenge to inspire volunteerism.

Detailed information about how to volunteer is available on the Tennessee State Parks Volunteers website or by contacting a specific park vis its website.

Many state parks offer special fall attractions and events, including ranger-guided tours. Information is available on the parks’ websites.

Dove fields sought: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for public dove hunting.

The Agency will pay $75 per acre and more, depending on what is planted in the field.

For information call (615) 781-6622.

The state’s dove season is divided into three segments, the first ending Sept. 28. The second ends Nov. 1 and the third runs Dec. 8-Jan. 15.

Contact information: Email area outdoors news and photos to larrywoody@gmail.com. Please include a contact number.

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