Healthy habitats and wildlife populations do not happen by accident.

They require strong, common-sense policies supporting conservation and active, science-backed management. Public voices that raise concerns and hold lawmakers and agencies accountable are the backbone of this work.
A close-up look at invasive carp

Invasive Carp Threaten Native Fish

Invasive carp have taken over the Mississippi River system—and have moved aggressively into the Tennessee and Cumberland River systems. These non-native fish are a serious threat to the aquatic species, recreation, and economy in Tennessee, and surrounding states.

Stop Litter, Preserve the Land We Love

Tennessee has a pollution problem. Litter affects wildlife, agriculture, recreation, and much more—all of which lead to negative impacts on Tennessee’s economy, health, and wild places.

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A fisherman casts in a river crowded with canoes

Reducing River Overcrowding

Water is a public resource utilized by anglers, boaters, canoers and kayakers, and other recreationists. With a significant increase of recreational use in recent years, overcrowding on Tennessee’s rivers has reached a critical level and solutions are needed so we can all enjoy this natural resource.

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Issues By Category

A colorful Longear Sunfish, a native to Tennessee

Fish & Wildlife

Tennessee is the most biologically diverse inland state in the nation. Ensuring the conservation of the hundreds of fish and wildlife species in Tennessee is at the very heart of Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s mission. We have successfully recovered several species that were on the brink, and today they drive billions in economic activity and are highly valued by many. But our work is not done. Tennessee contains more than 1,400 species of fish and wildlife whose futures are in question, and it is up to us to ensure they will be here for generations to come.
A pair of ring-necked ducks cruising the wetlands

Land & Habitat

From the wetlands in the west to the mountaintops in the east, Tennessee is filled with beautiful, diverse habitats. Because approximately 90 percent of Tennessee land is privately owned, managing land well and connecting habitat is essential for native wildlife populations. Tennessee Wildlife Federation advocates for better stewardship of our forests, grasslands, streams, rivers, and wetlands—and  works with public agencies and private landowners to achieve our goals.
Two people in camo take their crossbow into the woods

Outdoor Pursuits

People who engage in the outdoors are the heart of conservation. Securing Tennesseans’ access to our public lands and waters is necessary to keep us all engaged and invested in conserving our wildlife, water, and wild places. Whether we hunt, fish, hike, camp, or birdwatch, people who engage in the outdoors want to pass on their way of life to the next generation. By coming together, sharing our passions, and exploring public lands, we can continue Tennessee’s legacy of conservation for generations to come.
A view of the Tennessee waterways treeline

Streams, Rivers & Wetlands

Water is the most essential natural resource. Fish, wildlife, and Tennesseans themselves all depend on it for survival. But thousands of miles of Tennessee’s rivers and streams are not able to support the aquatic life, water supply needs, and public recreation they are intended to support. Tennessee Wildlife Federation works to ensure this critical natural resource is managed appropriately as our state continues to grow.

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