Conservation Resource Library
NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
NFWF has supported thousands of conservation projects in the United States and abroad since 1985. Zoom in on this interactive map to locate them.
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Agricultural Applied Climate Information System
This system is a repository for data collected at stations in the National Weather Service Cooperative Network. Data and several standard summary reports are available. Historically, the most common summary reports used in NRCS are TAPS (temperature and precipitation summary), FROST (frost-free days), GROWTH (growing season length), and WETS (wetlands determination). AgACIS is supported by the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.
Conservation Innovation Grants
NRCS offers a funding opportunity to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production.
Conservation Stewardship Program
The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy.
Conservation Technical Assistance Program
NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA). CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production in this country. The CTA program functions through a national network of locally-based, professional conservationists located in nearly every county of the United States. Among other things, this assistance can help land users: Protect and improve water quality and quantity; Maintain and improve wildlife and fish habitat.
Emergency Watershed Protection Program
The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was established to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. EWP helps protect lives and property by providing cost share and technical assistance. The program provides funding (up to 75%) to project sponsors for such work as clearing debris from clogged waterways, restoring vegetation, and stabilizing river banks. Each EWP project, excluding flood plain easements, requires a sponsor who applies for the assistance. A sponsor can be any legal subdivision of State or local government. The sponsors determine priorities for emergency assistance while coordinating work with other Federal and local agencies. Application must be received 60 days after event.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative
Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), NRCS and partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River basin. The 13-state initiative builds on the cooperative work of NRCS and its conservation partners in the basin, and offers agricultural producers in priority watersheds the opportunity for voluntary technical and financial assistance. Cumberland River Basin Watersheds to receive funding in 2016 include Upper Buck Creek and the Red River.
National Water Quality Initiative
NWQI is designed to help individual agricultural producers take actions to reduce the loss of sediment, nutrients and pathogens into waterways where water quality is a critical concern. The goal of NWQI is to implement conservation practices in sufficient quantity in a concentrated area so that agriculture no longer contributes to the impairment of water bodies within priority watersheds. To achieve these goals, NRCS will work with landowners to implement conservation practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces and buffers. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds this assistance, and in some cases, is leveraged by funds from local and state partners.Within the Cumberland River Basin, all NWQI priority watersheds are at the HUC12 level and within the Collins River watershed. Priority watersheds are the Little Hickory Creek (051301070101), West Fork Hickory Creek watershed (051301070102), and Hickory Creek watershed (051301070103).
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements. RCPP encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.
Southeast Kentucky Early Successional Habitat Initiative
The purpose of the Southeast Kentucky Early Successional Habitat Initiative is to establish fish and wildlife habitat on private agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestland in a highly forested area of the State with a large potential for early successional habitat improvement. Emphasis will be placed on forest stand improvement practices with the objective of creating or maintaining early successional forest habitat to benefit a suite of wildlife species. This initiative is available in a number of Cumberland Basin counties in KY.
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program
This program provides technical and financial assistance to States, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purpose of: watershed protection; flood mitigation; water quality improvements; soil erosion reduction; rural, municipal and industrial water supply; irrigation; water management; sediment control; fish and wildlife enhancement; and hydropower.
Watershed Surveys and Planning Program
The purpose of the program is to assist Federal, State, and local agencies and tribal governments to protect watersheds from damage caused by erosion, floodwater, and sediment and to conserve and develop water and land resources. Resource concerns addressed by the program include water quality, opportunities for water conservation, wetland and water storage capacity, agricultural drought problems, rural development, municipal and industrial water needs, upstream flood damages, and water needs for fish, wildlife, and forest-based industries.
Types of surveys and plans include watershed plans, river basin surveys and studies, flood hazard analyses, and flood plain management assistance. The focus of these plans is to identify solutions that use land treatment and nonstructural measures to solve resource problems.
The purpose of this Kentucky initiative is to help participants develop fish and wildlife habitat on private agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land and Indian land. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and others to develop or enhance upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat areas on their property.
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
National Land Cover Datasets
The primary objective of the NLCD is to provide the Nation with nationally complete, current, consistent, and public domain information on the Nation's land cover. Land cover information is critical for local, state, and federal managers and officials to assist them with issues such as assessing ecosystem status and health, modeling nutrient and pesticide runoff, understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity, land use planning, deriving landscape pattern metrics, and developing land management policies.
Recovery Potential Screening Tools
RPS tools are designed for watershed comparison and priority setting. Statewide RPS Tools were developed for each of the lower 48 states and first issued in 2014. These Tools contain 200+ embedded indicators for all HUC12s that are wholly or partially within the state’s boundary. Many of the indicators are landscape characteristics derived from common GIS datasets, but other attributes such as selected impairment-specific data derived from field monitoring, are also included.
ROE National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD)
This raster dataset comes from the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), 2011 version. It represents land cover across the contiguous 48 states, circa 2011. Each 30-meter-square pixel has been classified using a standard land cover classification scheme, and some of these categories have been aggregated further according to procedures outlined in EPA's Report on the Environment (www.epa.gov/roe). Data were originally processed and compiled by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC), a U.S. federal inter-agency group, based on Landsat satellite imagery.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Appalachian LCC Conservation Design Framework
Researchers identified five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the Appalachian LCC geography. These elements include large interconnected regions as well as broad landscapes that connect them. Small areas that are likely to contain larger ecological significance than their size would suggest were also mapped. Examples of aquatic and terrestrial conservation targets are provided that represent design elements. All of the elements are assessed in regards to the three major landscape level threats in the geography (climate change, energy development, and urbanization from housing density). Since cultural resources are an additional critical piece of conservation design in the Appalachians, a conceptual framework was developed for mapping these resources across the entire geography and will be integrated in a future iteration of the conservation design.
Aquatic Resource Education Grant
The Aquatic Resource Education Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for angler education, developing outdoor ethics, stewardship and conservation to increase the public understanding of the nation’s water resources and associated aquatic life forms. The Aquatic Resource Education Program is part of the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Barrens Topminnow Project
The Barrens topminnow is an extremely rare fish occurring in springs and spring influenced streams on the Barrens Plateau in south-central Tennessee. The USFWS' Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is an active member of the Barrens Topminnow Working Group, a conservation coalition dedicated to the protection of existing populations of Barrens topminnows while restoring and enhancing other areas within the species historic range for future reintroductions.
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Cross Creeks is a US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge located four miles east of Dover, in Stewart County, Tennessee and approximately seventy-five miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. Its primary purpose is to provide feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds with an emphasis placed on providing habitat for wintering waterfowl. This webpage contains information for planning a visit, as well as information about the wildlife found at the refuge.
Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of economic activity for local and regional economies. This facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled, freshwater, non-game fishes, and mussels.
Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
The nations 22 LCCs bring together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations. LCC partners work collaboratively to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify science gaps, and avoid duplication through conservation planning and design. The Appalachian LCC covers the entirety of the Cumberland River Basin, as well as additional area and it's website includes news, contacts, funding opportunities, resources, and more.
Landowner Incentive Program
The Landowner Incentive Program provides federal grant funds to grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas to protect and restore habitats on private lands, to benefit Federally listed, proposed or candidate species or other species determined to be at-risk.
Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MCGP)
The MSCGP provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Project types that are generally selected for funding are: biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.
State Wildlife Grant Program
The State Wildlife Grant Program provides Federal grant funds to State fish and wildlife agencies for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished.
Strategic Plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program: FY2016-2020
This plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program is built around seven core goals: • Conserve Aquatic Species; • Conserve, Restore, and Enhance Aquatic Habitats; • Manage Aquatic Invasive Species; • Fulfill Tribal Trust and Subsistence Responsibilities; • Enhance Recreational Fishing and Other Public Uses of Aquatic Resources; • Increase Staffing Levels, Technical Capabilities, and Natural and Physical Assets to Fully Meet Our Mission; and • Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance our Conservation Mission.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse
The USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.
Land and Water Conservation Fund Map Viewer
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands. This national map viewer displays LWCF proposals on US Forest Service System Lands.
Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series
The Forest Service has made available 26 webinars on a variety of open space topics including Session 24: Integrating Water Strategies at the Urban Fringe and Session 11: An All Lands Approach to Ecosystem Services for Water.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Floods and Flood Plains
This easy-to-understand fact sheet describes why floods occur and discusses the basics about flood-plain designation.
STATE RESOURCES - KENTUCKY
KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
79 Conservation Issues and Associated Actions
Conservation issues and mitigation actions related to siltation and turbidity, aquatic habitat degradation, point and non-point source pollution, and other threats.
Information on types of species and maps for amphibians across the state of Kentucky.
Conservation Education Program
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has nineteen full time Conservation Educators (CE’s) that present wildlife conservation programs in Kentucky schools and recruit for our summer conservation camps. CE’s are professionals in their field and are also trained in the instruction of outdoor skills such as fishing, hunter education, archery, and Project WILD. All public, private, and home schools are all eligible to receive our in-school programs free of charge. Programs are designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Past program topics include: Endangered Species, Wildlife Habitat, Kentucky Fish, Amphibians, and more.
Fish and Lamprey Resources
Information on types of species and maps for fish and lamprey across the state of Kentucky.
Research and Survey Needs by Taxonomic Class
Research and survey needs for fish and lampreys; mussels; crayfish, amphiphods and isopods; amphibians; and other aquatic species.
Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Kentucky
A list of Kentucky's species of greatest conservation need including species common names, scientific names, and status.
State Wildlife Action Plan - KY
In order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program, Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan. These proactive plans, known technically as “comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term. Kentucky's most recent plan was completed in 2013.
State Wildlife Action Plan - Species Index
List of species links allowing users to perform a search of the complete Kentucky State Wildlife Action Pan, to see the species occurrence map, species account, guild accounts for the species, and taxonomic class descriptions. This includes species from the original 2005 plan and 2013 revision.
Strategic Plan: FY 2013-2017
Information regarding the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.
Wildlife Diversity Program
The Wildlife Diversity Program works with wildlife species through research, management, and education. We strive to enhance wildlife diversity, and promote sustainable use of those resources including protection of threatened and endangered species, species of greatest conservation need within Kentucky’s Wildlife Action Plan, their habitats and protection of sensitive areas. This webpage includes links to information on Kentucky's biodiversity including species of amphibians, fish, and freshwater mussels and snails.
KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Green Hospitality Webpage
The Green Hospitality Web page is a place where owners, restaurant managers and hospitality professionals can learn ways to green their processes, measure those results and communicate the impacts to a public who is increasingly making more sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services. Resources include the Green Hospitality Manual, Bed and Breakfast Checklist, a performance worksheet, an electricity use tracker, and a water use tracker.
KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
Art and Writing Contest
Thousands of students have participated in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests since their introduction in 1974 and 1944, respectively. The contests educate students on soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students take the knowledge they have gained and transform it into creative art work and essays. Students can earn monetary prizes on the county, regional and state levels. They are also recognized each year by conservation districts around the state.
Conservations Conversations Newsletter
The Conservation Conversations newsletter is a periodical detailing events and programs of conservation districts across Kentucky.
Each county in Kentucky is represented by a local conservation district, consisting of seven elected supervisors. These conservation districts assist the landowners in each county with creating and implementing practices to protect the soil and water quality. The conservation districts help conserve Kentucky's resources by helping local people match their needs with technical and financial resources. This webpage lists contact information and websites (if available) for all conservation districts in the Cumberland River Basin and elsewhere in Kentucky.
The Division of Conservation compiled this list of links related to agriculture and conservation. Linked websites include UK's Forest Leadership Program, UK's tool for creating an Agriculture Water Quality Plan, and others.
The Kentucky Division of Conservation administers the Equipment Revolving Loan Program, which has been in effect since 1948. During this time, $62 million has been loaned to 2,320 individuals and conservation districts for the purpose of purchasing specialized equipment. Equipment eligible for loans through the program include dozers, backhoes, no-till drills, precision applicators for agriculture chemicals and other equipment suited for conservation work.
The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary sponsors three $1,000 scholarships each year. The George Crafton Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, the Natural Resource Scholarship is for college students and the Betty Barrick Non-Traditional Scholarship is for college students who are at least 25 years old. Those applying for the scholarship will need to be qualified young men and women that are interested in agriculture and natural resources fields.
Since 1972, the Division of Conservation has been a participant in the National Cooperative Soil Survey Program. This program is a nationwide partnership of federal, regional, state and local agencies and institutions that work together to investigate, inventory, classify and interpret soils as well as publish, deliver and promote the use of soil information. This webpage has more information about the program, as well as state and national soil resources.
KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
State Nature Preserves
There are 14 State Nature Preserves (SNP) in the KY portion of the Cumberland River Basin. Natural Areas are protected not only to preserve KY's natural heritage, but also in recognition of the dependence of KY's well-being on healthy ecosystems. Click here for a map of preserves across Kentucky. State Natural Areas in the basin are: Bissell Bluff SNP, John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest SNP, Frances Johnson Palk SNP, Archer-Benge SNP, Pine Mountain SNP, Cumberland Falls SNP, Martins Fork SNP, Blanton Forest SNP, Stone Mountain SNP, James E. Bickford SNP, E. Lucy Braun SNP, Hi Lewis Pine Barrens SNP, Kingdom Come SNP, and Bad Branch SNP.
STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
The Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee's Palustrine Communities
Information about the natural history and vegetation of Tennessee's palustrine systems, including herbaceous wetlands and forested and wooded wetlands.
Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee Project
There is currently no photographic and descriptive guide to the landscapes and natural communities of Tennessee that is available to scientists, land managers, conservationists, and students of ecology and related fields. The goal of this project is to prepare the first comprehensive classification of Tennessee's natural landscape and communities. This state-level classification is intended to compliment and enhance, not compete with, the existing NatureServe Ecological Systems Classification (http://explorer.natureserve.org) and the National Vegetation Classification (www.usnvc.org).
Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee's Riverine Systems
Information about the natural history and vegetation of Tennessee's riverine systems, including stream bottoms, stream beds, and stream shores.
TN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund
The ARCF provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural water pollution. A wide range of BMPs are available for cost-share, from those that curtail soil erosion to ones that help to remove pollutants from water runoff from agricultural operations. Landowners may be eligible to receive up to 75% of the cost of a BMP installation. Part of the fund is also available for educational projects which raise awareness of soil erosion/water quality problems and promote BMP use.
State Soil Conservation Committee
The State Soil Conservation Committee provides oversight and assistance to soil conservation districts in carrying out programs directed towards soil erosion control and water quality improvement on farmland. Links to soil conservation district contacts across the state are provided on this webpage.
TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
This document provides an overview of the process of developing a hard surfaced trail and has photos and illustrations showing a number of greenway trails that have been developed across the state of Tennessee. Additionally, there is budget information and a sample easement used in the acquiring of easements for public access to construct and build the trails.
Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.
Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.
TN DIVISION OF FORESTRY
This page offers a list of forest related financial assistance programs including water relevant Division of Forestry specific programs such as: 1) the Forest Stewardship Program, which offers free evaluation of forest resources with plan for conservation and utilization; 2) The TN Ag Enhancement Program, which offers up to 75% cost share practices to promote sustainable forest management; 3) Then American Tree Farm System, which offers free evaluation of forestland, plan for sustainable forestry, and 3rd party forest certification; and 4) Forest Legacy, which involves permanent conservation easements or fee simple purchases to protect environmentally important, working forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses.
Forest Legacy Program
The Tennessee Forest Legacy Program currently conserves 35,000 acres across Tennessee, and is growing. Its mission is to protect environmentally important, working private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The Forest Legacy Program identifies and permanently protects environmentally important private forestlands that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Delivered through Forest Service Cooperative Forestry, Tennessee and most other US states qualify as a participant and compete nationally for 75% grant funding each year. Click here for a map of eligible Forest Legacy Area Watersheds (2014).
TN DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS
Interactive Rare Species Database by County, Quadrangle, and Watershed Listings
The majority of lands in Tennessee have had no rare species surveys, and the lack of point-specific data can be misleading. Therefore, the Division of Natural Areas suggests reviewing and downloading generalized data through an interactive, searchable database in order to determine what kinds of resources occur in specific counties, watersheds, or physiographic regions. This tool allows users to search and download rare species data by County, Quadrangle, or HUC 12 Watershed.
Scenic Rivers Program
The Tennessee Scenic Rivers Program is intended to preserve and protect the free flowing, unpolluted and outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, botanical, fish, wildlife, historic or cultural values of selected rivers or river segments in the state. Fifteen rivers or segments of rivers are included in the state scenic rivers program including sections of the Collins, Harpeth, Blackburn Fork and Roaring Rivers, as well as Spring Creek. Website includes information about the program including information about various scenic river classifications and getting rivers designated.
TN SOIL AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Awards and Scholarships
Agriculture and conservation related awards and scholarship programs.
A webpage with information about past and upcoming Soil Conservation District conventions.
County Conservation District Contact Information
Contact information can be accessed by adding the name of the county of interest to the following url www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-scd- So, to access Cumberland County Conservation Districty contacts, for example, use this url: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-scd-cumberland
Cover Crop Chart
The Cover Crop Chart (v. 2.0) is designed to assist producers with decisions on the use of cover crops in crop and forage production systems. The chart, patterned after the periodic table of elements, includes information on 58 crop species that may be planted individually or in cocktail mixtures. Information on growth cycle, relative water use, plant architecture, seeding depth, forage quality, pollination characteristics, and nutrient cycling are included for most crop species.
Soil Conservation Districts Map and List
This page contains a map and list of counties with links to county Soil Conservation District websites.
Soil Health Documents
A number of documents on the subject of soil health.
Soil Health FAQ
Frequently asked soil health questions and answers. Water related topics covered include cover crops, tillage, plant diversity and more.
Soil Health Videos
Educational videos about a variety of water related topics including no till, cover crops, rotational grazing, herd management, and water quality.
TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Backyard Conservation Booklet
A guide to bringing conservation to you backyard. Topics include water conservation, nutrient management, backyard wetlands, and more.
Conservation Opportunity Areas Identified in the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan
Conservation opportunity areas across the state including the following areas within the Cumberland River Basin: Cordell Hull Tailwater;East Highland Rim, Interior Low Plateau Cedar Glades, Mill Creek Watershed, North Cumberland Plateau and Mountains, Penny Royal Plains and Barrens; and Western Highland Rim Forests.
State Wildlife Action Plan Website
To ensure conservation programs funded by State Wildlife Grants are designed for maximum benefits to nongame wildlife, Congress mandated that all states must complete a detailed State Wildlife Action Plan by October 1, 2005. The SWAP addresses 8 elements required by Congress for each plan, including identifying species of greatest conservation need, their habitat, threats, conservation actions and more, and will be revised every 10 years. The primary goal of the SWAP will be to prevent wildlife from declining to the point of endangerment. The plan itself can be viewed here. Chapters can be viewed independently including: Overview of Tennessee and Approach to the State Wildlife Action Plan; Tennessee State Accomplishments under the 2005 SWAP; Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Priority Habitats; Problems Affecting Species and Habitats; Conservation Strategies and Actions, Monitoring for Results and Adaptive Management and others. The 2005 SWAP can be viewed here.
Threatened and Endangered Species in Tennessee
A list of threatened and endangered species in Tennessee.
Wildlife in Need of Management
Species considered in need of management within Tennessee.
U.T. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
Tennessee Yardstick Workbook
The 2009 Tennessee Yardstick Workbook shows you how to create attractive and healthy yards by working with Tennessee's environment rather than against it. Topics covered include 'using water efficiently,' 'reducing stormwater runoff and its pollutants,' and 'protecting waters edge.'
Smart Yards Program
Tennessee Smart Yards is a University of Tennessee-led program that guides and assists Tennessee residents and neighborhood associations on practices they can apply in their yards and common spaces to create healthier living spaces and communities. Courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways. Water related principles of a smart yard include using water efficiently, using fertilizers appropriately, reducing storm water runoff and its pollutants, and potecting water's edge, amongst others. Check out the Smart Yards yardstick for a check list of mitigation activities associate with smart yard principles.
Strategic Business Plan
The UT Extension Service's Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Economic Development Strategic Plan.
Water conservation tips from the City of Hopkinsville.
Water Conservation Tips
Tips for conserving water from the City of Clarksville.
Simple steps that consumers can take to help preserve our water supply for future generations.
Information about what a rain barrel is, why it's good for the environment, how to make or install your own, where you can buy one, who can install one for you, and more.
Tips for conserving water and saving on your water bill.
A website with water conservation tips from the City of Murfreesboro. The site includes links to additional resources such as Water Use it Wisely's 100+ Ways to Conserve, and Murfreesboro created videos on water conservation and fixing leaks.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and Wetlands, How Stormwater Affects Your Rivers, Sewage Pollution in Rivers, Water Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our Water, The Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities.
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Rain Barrel Sales
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from the rooftop that would otherwise be lost to runoff and be diverted to our neighborhood streams and storm drains. You may be surprised by the amount of water you can harvest: one inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of rooftop creates over 600 gallons of water! Purchase a rain barrel or learn how to build one! Additional information on this page about what a rain barrel is, how to build one, and safety considerations.
The Cumberland River Compact plants hundreds of trees every year – big trees and seedlings – along roadways and streams. Trees are the least expensive, most impactful tool we have to improve water quality. Information about this program and how-to guide for planting seedlings, watering, and best times to plant are available on this webpage.
Water for Schools
The Compact is partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to provide cisterns for collecting rainwater from school rooftops throughout Davidson County. This rainwater is used to water school vegetable and flower gardens, providing students with a valuable opportunity for learning about water sources and conservation.
JACKSON PURCHASE / FOUR RIVERS
Rain Barrel Program
Information about the importance of rain barrels and how to purchase one.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
Kentucky Aquatic Resource Fund (KARF)
KARF provides a way for multiple agencies and partners to contribute funding and other resources to conserve Kentucky’s best places. KWA’s role in the partnership is to act as the financial steward of the fund. The fund exists to ensure that all ill-effects to aquatic species are adequately addressed, and that real conservation and recovery benefits are provided. KARF supports voluntary land preservation agreements and has funds designated to match other grants or programs that support or match our goals. The fund will support much needed research, surveys, and monitoring of waterways and water quality along with stream and stream/riverbank area management. The funds will also support threatened species propagation and introductions throughout the state and promote habitat restoration and enhancement through the Best Management Practices installation.
Outstanding National Resource Waters
Outstanding National Resource Waters (ONRWs) are waters that receive special protection against degradation under Kentucky’s water quality standards and the federal Clean Water Act. In 2009, KWA worked with the US Forest Service and the Kentucky Division of Water to nominate four of the five new ONRW designated water bodies residing in the Daniel Boone National Forest. State law requires that the water quality in these water bodies be maintained and protected. This means that no new pollution is allowed into these waterways. ONRW in the basin include, Marsh Creek, Rock Creek, Rockcastle River, and the South Fork of the Cumberland River.
Rockcastle River Conservation Program
The Rockcastle River Conservation Program was formed to conserve land and species and enhance the overall quality of life around this special river. The Rockcastle has the cleanest water in the state of Kentucky. At the same time, the area is among the fastest growing areas in the state and millions of dollars are needed to conserve sensitive habitats before they are lost forever to development or mining. While the lower part of the Rockcastle River is protected because it is home to endangered species, the upper areas are still exposed and unprotected and face immediate threats, mainly from tourism and the prospect of a new I-66 interstate. Horse Lick Creek and Sinking Creek are special focus areas of the project.
Historic Mound Bottom on the Harpeth
The Mound Bottom Archaeological Site, comprising 101 acres was purchased by the State of Tennessee in 1973. It is a prehistoric civic/ceremonial center where native people lived in the Mississippian era from around ca. 900 to 1600 A.D. This webpage includes more information about the site, including an educational video.
Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels
Resources for people interested in creating a rain garden or installing a rain barrel. Link on this page take visitors to HRWA's Rain Garden How-to Brochure, another rain garden guide for Middle Tennesseans by Patty Ghertner, a Start-to-Finish Rain Garden Workbook, information about recycling rain water in rain barrels from the Tennessean, additional links to rain garden resources, and native Tennessee plant resources from Nashville Natives, GroWild, and Gardens of Babylon.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
10 Basic Steps of Protecting Your Land
This page provides basic steps for protecting your land and includes a link to a more detailed + technical Landowner Information Packet for addressing more in-depth questions.
Beaman to Bells Bend Corridor Project
The Beaman Park to Bells Bend corridor project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Nashville and Davidson County to become a regional leader in rural conservation. This irreplaceable jewel could very easily be lost without careful planning. So far, The Land Trust for Tennessee has protected 350+ acres through individual projects in the corridor with conservation easements..
Benefits of Land Conservation
An explanation of the benefits of conserving land, including landowner and community benefits. The following Land Trust Alliance links are provided for learning more about conservation benefits: Economic Benefits; Health + Happiness; Climate Solutions.
General information about the Land Trust for Tennessee's accomplishments, including acres and areas protected.
This page defines conservation easements and outlines associate economic benefits of easements.
Davidson County Open Space Plan
Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core. The plan can be downloaded here.
Mountain Goat Trail
Land Trust for Tennessee is partnering with the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance on a campaign to connect Monteagle and Tracy City via the Mountain Goat Trail over the next three years. The campaign will support land acquisition, grant matching, and other expenses involved in building this important resource for the area. A map of the area of interest is provided on this webpage, as well.
The Land Conservation of Tennessee protects or has helped protect farms, scenic places, wildlife habitat, historic, and urban locations across the state, including the following places in the Cumberland River Basin: The Reese Brothers Mule Farm; Happily Ever After Farm; Beaman Park Expansion; Radnor Lake State Natural Area; Natchez Trace Parkway; and more. A list of places is provided on this page.
MILL CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Native Plants
Information about the rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants, including rain garden guides, and native plant nurseries including GroWild Nursery in Fairview, Nashville Natives in Fairview, Moore & Moore Garden Center in Nashville, Sunlight Gardens in Andersonville, and Native Gardens in Greenback.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
This page includes links to the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky's 2016 Strategic Plan, Annual Reports, an archive of newsletters, and more.
Buck Creek Restoration Project
Information about the Conservancy's conservation efforts on the Pumphrey Tract within the Buck Creek Watershed. TNC has worked to conserve wildlife and protect a nearby cave system while fostering a sustainable, agriculture-based economy in the area. Since acquiring the tract in 2005, TNC has placed a WRP easement on 150 acres, sold 35 to Pulaski County, exchanged 40 acres with a local landowner for an easement on 86 acres, and planted approximately 30,000 native trees and shrubs. The area is home to over 30 species of mussels and 77 species of fish.
Grand Rivers Corridor Work
The Grand Rivers Corridor encompasses more than 513,000 acres in the watersheds of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers below their dams at Land Between the Lakes. Important systems in the area include aquatic assemblages of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, sloughs and emergent wetlands, bottomland forest, oak flatwoods, forested ravines, non-hydric oak savannah, native grasslands and xeric glade communities. Conservation targets for the area include rare or declining species listed above in glades, prairies, grasslands, wetlands, water, and karst areas and cave systems.
For more than two decades, The Nature Conservancy's Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program has engaged urban youth in conservation activities. During that time, the program has hosted more than 1,000 interns in 28 states to provide an opportunity to gain self-confidence, valuable job skills, conservation literacy and insight into academic and career possibilities. In addition to providing paid summer internships for high school students, the program also helps educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources.
Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Kentucky. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky protects or has helped protect Primroy Creek, Pine Mountain-Mullins Preserve, and Bad Branch State Nature Preserve.
Within the Rockcastle River Watershed, the Conservancy has helped protect more than 1,900 acres along Sinking Creek and Horse Lick Creek, tributaries to the Rockcastle River and areas targeted as priorities for acquisition within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Thanks to progress made in the watershed, the Rockcastle River boasts some of the cleanest waters in Kentucky – waters which support freshwater mussels including the federally-endangered Cumberland Bean and Cumberland Elktoe, and the globally-imperiled Little Wing Pearlymussel.
Opportunities to volunteer with the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Conservation Habitat Priorities Maps
These interactive maps were created in conjunction with the 2015 State Wildlife Plan. Maps include Aquatic Habitat Priorities and Associated Upstream Landscape Priorities, Priorities Adjacent to Karst Habitat, Terrestrial Habitat Priorities, and Combined Priorities for TN Terrestrial, Downstream Aquatic, and Adjacent Karst Habitats.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Components
Information about the HCP's various components: Includes pages for: Covered activities within the Cumberland HCP, such as wastewater treatment plant development, waterbody crossings, bridge and culvert construction, water and sewer utility lines and more; Biological Goals and Objectives; Limiting Factors; Conservation Measures;Monitoring; and more.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Covered Species
There are 16 rare, threatened, and endangered animal species listed as "covered species" in the Cumberland HCP. Covered species webpages include a photo gallery of species, information about additional rare species that benefit from the plan, as well as videos about cerulean warblers and hellbenders.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forests, streams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.
Habitat Conservation Plan Website
The Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan is a partnership that includes the City of Crossville and Cumberland County, universities, organizations, business owners, landowners, and other private citizens. These partners are working together to conserve the forests and waters of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and provide for continued economic growth in the region. The plan is fully funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A map of the planning area is here — Cumberland River Basin portions of the area include sections of the Caney Fork and Obey River. A brochure with general information about the plan is here, a species to benefit fact sheet is here, FAQs are answered here, information about events is here, and a newsletter is provided here.
Linking Conservation Priorities to Wetland and Stream Mitigation Decisions
This 2011 document presents a watershed planning approach for linking conservation priorities to wetland and stream mitigation decisions for the Stones River.
Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Tennessee. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy protects or has helped protect Gil and Johnston Preserve, Hubbard's Cave, North Cumberland WMA and Frozen Head State Park, Pogue Creek, Taylor Hollow, and Washmorgan Hollow. This site includes a link to a timeline of Tennessee Milestones and an infographic summary of what the organization has accomplished in Tennessee.
Community Water-Energy Savings Calculator
The Community Water-Energy Savings Calculator is designed to provide an estimate of the amount of water, energy, CO2 and financial savings associated with indoor water efficiency improvements at the community level.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Drought in the South: Planning for a Water-Wise Future (2009)
A look at drought related issues facing the South and how to plan and prepare for them.
TENNESSEE SCENIC RIVERS ASSOCIATION
Information about TSRA’s conservation efforts and achievements over the years.
Designated Scenic Rivers
A listing of designated State Scenic Rivers in Tennessee. Rivers in the Basin include Blackburn Fork, the Collins River, the Harpeth, Roaring River, and Spring Creek. TSRA also provides information for applying for a river or stream to be designated.
Green Infrastructure Resources
Explore green infrastructure related maps and apps in the Living Atlas, made readily available by your peers for you to leverage. Find imagery, demographic, and other relevant data that you can use to build your green infrastructure strategy.