Bart D. Carter: Manager II, Streams and Rivers Survey Biologist
Has Regional responsibility for survey and data collection of streams and rivers in Region IV. Has responsibility for maintaining records, field data, and coordination with the Regional Streams and Rivers Biologist and the Wild Trout Biologist.
Has responsibility for planning and implementing stream projects. Field leader for activities that includes surveys, restoration, and research assistance for Region IV stream and river resources. Often works statewide assisting with data collection, surveys, monitoring, restoration, and research.
Supervises the Streams and Rivers Technician II position and works closely with summer interns, volunteers, and academia and other agencies in providing technical assistance and logistical help.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Rick D. Bivens: Manager III, Regional Streams and Rivers Biologist
Supervises the Wild Trout Biologist II, Manager II Streams and Rivers Survey Biologist, Trout Hatchery Managers, and trout hatchery personnel positions, and is responsible for administering stream fisheries, trout management, and trout hatchery production programs in Region IV.
Has responsibility for coordinating and conducting surveys of streams and rivers throughout the region. Coldwater and warmwater habitats are sampled to collect baseline information on game and non-game fish and macroinvertebrate populations in the region. This baseline data is necessary to aid in the management of fisheries resources in the region and also to update and expand our Tennessee Aquatic Database System (TADS).
Also cooperates with other state and federal agencies on various stream projects. These have included the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the National Park Service (NPS).
Has administrative responsibilities for the coordination and distribution of trout produced at the three Region IV trout rearing facilities.
Jim W. Habera: Biologist II, Wild Trout Biologist
Has responsibility for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data from Region IV’s wild trout streams (in the Blue Ridge ecoregion) and cold tailwaters. Duties include acquisition of basic trout population data (including abundances, catch rates, and size structures) through routine surveys and long-term monitoring, and application of this information to manage Region IV’s stream and river trout fisheries.
Also cooperates with coldwater fisheries managers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NPS) and the USFS, and routinely communicates with stakeholder groups (e.g. Trout Unlimited).
Carl E. Williams: Technician II, Streams and Rivers Survey
Has regional responsibility for assisting with survey and data collection of streams and rivers in Region IV. Also has responsibility for helping maintain records, field data, and coordination with the Regional Streams and Rivers Biologist and the Wild Trout Biologist. Also helps in planning of restoration, and various research projects for stream resources. Carl is currently recognized as an expert on identification and management of Tennessee’s crayfish fauna and is often called on for data collection, surveys, and monitoring of crayfish populations statewide.
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