shown: Virgin Falls, Sparta Tennessee
Commissioner James Fyke
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Commissioner Jim Fyke leads the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) as a strong advocate for Tennessee State Parks and environmental protection. He brings more than 40 years of successful public service to his role as head of the agency responsible for protecting and improving the quality of our state's land, air, water and recreation resources.
Jim also serves as Governor Phil Bredesen's point person on land conservation issues. He has been a primary leader helping the Administration and General Assembly establish the new Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund and move forward with the landmark Northern Cumberlands Acquisition.
Prior to his appointment as TDEC Commissioner in 2005, Jim served the department as Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation for two years. Under his leadership, all state parks and facilities were reopened, and the management structure was reorganized to be more responsive to local community needs. Throughout his career, Jim has placed emphasis on employee involvement in the workplace, and he made it a point to visit every one of Tennessee's 54 state parks within one year of being on the job.
As director of Metro Nashville Parks for 25 years and now TDEC commissioner, Jim has earned the reputation as an effective manager and thoughtful steward of the public's recreational assets. He is the only person to have ever led park systems that have won the prestigious National Recreation and Park Association's Gold Medal Award for Excellence at both the metropolitan and state level. Jim is a native of Old Hickory and holds a bachelors degree from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.