The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission officially approved the proclamation to establish the Headwaters Wildlife Management Area in Cannon County. The approval came during the TWRC’s June meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.
The Headwaters WMA becomes the TWRA’s 124th Wildlife Management Area and is comprised of eight tracts totaling 592 acres. The Headwaters WMA name comes from the Caney Fork, Collins, and Stones rivers that originate in that area of Cannon County. Another 400 acres involve tracts that will become part of the existing Pea Ridge WMA.
The acreage was given to the TWRA from the United States Justice Department as a result of convictions in a felony drug conspiracy case. The TWRA is going to develop a management plan for recreational use for the area. The TWRC also passed a proclamation to establish WMA statewide hunting seasons for the new WMA.
The area was dedicated on Wednesday as Headwaters WMA as officials from the TWRA, federal, other state and local agencies gathered at the site.
June’s meeting was the final meeting for TWRA’s governing body as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. On July 1, the governing body will be known as the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.