Hixson High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) was recognized on Thursday, by TWRA for their dedication and work completed on the North Chickamauga Wildlife Management Area.
Senator Bo Watson and Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Tony Sanders started working on a partnership in 2017 for the school group to utilize the WMA land, located near the school.
Students began work in 2018. Students have completed vegetation control and picked up trash on the area. Students are also working towards providing a walking trail and appreciate seeing the area utilized.
Several state and local dignitaries were present, some of whom were graduates of the high school. Commissioner Sanders said, “This is a win for all involved. Our hunters are the backbone of this project. License purchases paid for and fund the WMA. The MOU with the school allows students to contribute, learn about agency efforts in wildlife management and provide for wildlife.”
A repetitive chorus rang through each speech. Students were encouraged to continue their work and to take advantage of the opportunity to learn. TWRA Region 3 Program Manager, Wally Akins was on hand to present students with the award. He said, “North Chickamauga Wildlife Manage Area is over 5,400 acres. The area is comprised of several compartments ranging in acreage. It’s primarily situated along the North Chickamauga Creek. It was paid for by the hunters of our state. We truly appreciate the FFA student’s willingness to give back.”