Protecting 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.
Restoring North America’s Most Imperiled Ecosystem
It is estimated that Tennessee was once home to nearly 7 million acres of grasslands. From 2008 through 2016, Tennessee lost an average of 27,359 acres of grassland each year. Restoring this critical habitat is key for the success of native wildlife and plants.
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More Land & Habitat Concerns
Unsafe Roadways for Wildlife
Roads connect us, but they are often impossible and deadly barriers to wildlife. Creating tunnels, bridges, and other wildlife-friendly infrastructure to increase habitat connectivity and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions is essential to improve the safety of wildlife and people traveling through these areas.
Growing Need for Long-Term Funding
The hard-earned conservation successes from the past century are at risk. In the early 1900s, conservationists ignited a movement to find management and funding solutions for our land, wildlife, forests, and water. The problems of today are more complex but share the same foundations. This means it is time to come together again to address the growing need for long-term conservation funding.
Inadequate Water Resource Management
Regional growth is good for the economy, but if not done responsibly it will have detrimental impacts on the lands, water, and wildlife that draw many people to Tennessee. The health and abundance of Tennessee’s waterways needs time and resources to plan and monitor regularly.
2023 Conservation Achievement Award Winners
This year, the Federation celebrated 17 individuals and companies from across the state who are conserving our wildlife and wild places.
Conservation Groups File to Defend Longstanding Clean Water Protections
Clearer, more consistent clean water protections for streams, fisheries, and wetlands that provide habitat and protect communities from storms are at stake.
Wildlife Crossing Efforts in Great Smoky Mountains
On average, more than 28,000 vehicles travel on I-40 between Tennessee and North Carolina every day. This interstate cuts through incredible wildlife habitat in the Great Smoky Mountains. Wildlife are either restricted to one side of the highway or have to find a way to cross it to access essential resources such as food, water, mating sites, and cover.