Michael Butler

RERC Member

Michael Butler is a native Tennessean who grew up in Jackson and has since lived in each grand division of the state. Butler’s enthusiasm for Tennessee’s wildlife and the great outdoors, fostered by his early outdoor experiences, prompted him to study wildlife and fisheries science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and obtain a master's degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University.

In 2002, Butler was promoted to chief executive officer, a position he holds presently at Tennessee Wildlife Federation, formally Conservation League. Over the years with the Federation, his work has allowed him to engage with and solve some of Tennessee’s most critical wildlife and conservation concerns.

Butler has served on several conservation- and community-oriented boards and was a presidential appointee to the board of trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation from 2006 until 2012.

Butler and his family live outside of Franklin.