Tennessee Wildlife Federation works with private landowners and public agencies to prepare forest management plans and provide resources to restore diversity and overall health of their forests.
acres of forests in Tennessee.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains more species of trees than northern Europe.
of Tennessee’s forests are privately-owned.
forest management benefits wildlife, people, and the economy.
Forests are diverse—a single forest can contain several different types of habitat. Forests contain thousands of species of plants and wildlife, and each one of those species plays an essential role in the forest ecosystem. Maintaining a variety of shrubs, grasses, and trees of different heights creates layers of habitat and provides shelter and resources for hundreds of species of wildlife.
Healthy, functioning forests provide many benefits beyond wildlife value. Forests aid in climate regulation by removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in wood, leaves, and soil. Trees improve water quality by acting as natural sponges—by absorbing rainwater before it flows to a body of water, trees filter pollutants and reduce soil erosion. Forests also provide billions in economic value through recreation and tourism opportunities, wood products, and much more.
What we do for forests
of forests restored or conserved through prescribed burning, tree planting, and writing plans that promote sustainable timber management.
with private landowners and public agencies to restore large areas of contiguous forest.
forest management plans written, covering more than 20,000 acres of forestland.
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More Habitat Restoration
From songbirds in the trees to blooming native wildflowers to flowing rivers teeming with wildlife, Tennessee is incredibly diverse—but it wasn’t always that way.
The Bass Pro Shops store in Kodak, TN, recently presented Tennessee Wildlife Federation with a check for $6,211 from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund.
As of June 2023, the Federation has enhanced and protected more than 15,000 acres of land across the state and planted more than 500,000 trees.