KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jake Davis, Tennessee B.A.S.S. conservation director and assistant director for High School/Youth, was among the winners in the first Ripple Effect Awards sponsored by Yamaha Rightwaters and coordinated through Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful (KTRB).
Davis, known as "Captain Jake" by the young anglers and others who supported his nomination, received the Beacon Award, which "seeks to recognize a person whose long-term efforts have made a signification, positive, and lasting impact for the Tennessee River."
During his nearly five years of leadership in the complementary positions, Davis "has tirelessly dedicated thousands of hours organizing, working for and promoting habitat restoration and lake clean-up events, and educating anglers, young and old, on the health of the Tennessee River ecosystem," said those who nominated him.
With his guidance from 2015 to 2019, B.A.S.S. members of all ages worked with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) staff to construct and place more than 9,000 fish habitat structures in Tims Ford, Woods, Normandy, and J. Percy Priest. They also removed an estimated 20 to 30 tons of trash from Tims Ford, Elk River, Normandy, Priest, Tellico, Watts Barr, Chickamauga and Nickajack.