Habitats we restore and conserve

Healthy habitats are necessary for fish and wildlife populations to thrive. Nearly 90 percent of land in Tennessee is privately owned, meaning it’s up to private landowners to help maintain healthy populations of native plants and wildlife. Tennessee Wildlife Federation partners with private landowners and public agencies to do just that, restore and conserve critical habitats throughout Tennessee.

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Habitats we restore


More than 50 percent of Tennessee’s landscape is forested, with millions of acres of that being privately owned. Forests face constant threats from disease and insect outbreaks to invasive species, wildfire, and more—but scientifically-based forest management can help mitigate these risks and keep our forests thriving.

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Grassland by Josh Tullock

Grasslands once covered millions of acres in Tennessee. Thriving and properly managed native grassland habitats are key to sustaining many species of wildlife. In fact, the species diversity within grasslands is typically greater than that of forestlands.

Streams & Rivers

Fresh water is one of our state’s greatest natural resources. Tennessee contains more than 60,000 miles of streams and rivers which provide habitat for fish and wildlife and fresh water for public consumption and numerous recreation opportunities.

River in fall by Angela Draughn
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Wetland ecosystems provide critical habitat for fish and wildlife. They also provide important benefits such as clean water and flood control. Approximately 60 percent of Tennessee’s wetlands have been destroyed due to agriculture, development and misplaced flood control policies.

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More Habitat Restoration

Types of Wetlands in Tennessee

Types of Wetlands in Tennessee

A wetland is an area of land that is covered by water for part or all of the year. Specifically, wetlands are the result of the interaction between three main components: hydrology, biology and soils.

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Reviving Tennessee: West Fork Drakes Creek

Reviving Tennessee: West Fork Drakes Creek

In Sumner County, a collaborative restoration project has transformed 50 acres of less productive farmland into a healthy, functioning stream and wetland ecosystem which includes 4,400 feet of stream in the West Fork Drakes Creek watershed.

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Types of Forests in Tennessee

Types of Forests in Tennessee

More than 50% of the Tennessee landscape is forested—but not all forests are the same. Keep reading to learn about some common (and uncommon) forest types and where you can find them in Tennessee.

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