Conservation Fisheries celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2021. JR Shute and Pat Rakes founded the nonprofit in 1986 after an ultimately successful project to restore native fish to Abrams Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park years after it was poisoned by the federal government to make way for non-native game fish.
Bo Baxter takes helm of the crucial nonprofit Conservation FisheriesWritten by Thomas Fraser
JR Shute and Pat Rakes declare semi-retirement, hand over operations to Hellbender Press board member
KNOXVILLE — A career biologist with deep experience in Southern Appalachian aquatic systems is the new captain of Conservation Fisheries.
The highly productive and robust nonprofit aims to secure, augment, preserve and protect the aquatic environs of the Southeast, namely through the reintroduction of native fish to areas they once inhabited
Bo Baxter spent 25 years as a conservation biologist at the Tennessee Valley Authority. He became an active board member at Conservation Fisheries, Inc. (CFI) upon his retirement from TVA. He soaked up knowledge of its operations and was named executive director as of Oct. 20. His path comes full circle, as he was one of the first paid staff members at Conservation Fisheries, some three decades ago.
Baxter is a member of the Hellbender Press editorial board.
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