Tennessee is a wonderful bio-diverse state; from the Appalachians in the East to the Mississippi in West the land of Tennessee is home to unique and treasured ecosystems. Much of Tennessee is dominated by hardwood forests; the forested hills and mountains provide habitat for countless species of wildlife. Our state's ecosystems are not limited to forests, large swaths of Tennessee was once dominated by vibrant grasslands. Although rare, native grasslands continue to persist in parts of the state. Our land holds a special spot in every Tennessean's heart, we should continue to protect and conserve these land for future generations.
Protected Land in Tennessee
According to the Protected Areas Database by the United States Geological Survey, there are 2,386,873 acres under various forms of protection in Tennessee. Although much of Tennessee's natural areas are protected and federal, state, and local government bodies, there are important private lands across the state protected through conservation easements or by nonprofits.
Whether you live in the city or on a farm there are many ways you can protect and restore Tennessee's natural landscapes. You can restore your yard or parts of your farm to native ecosystems. Yards and farms with native plants and trees create habitat for native pollinators like bees and butterflies, as well other wildlife. You can also volunteer and get involved with local organizations focused on conservation and restoration of natural areas. Explore the resources and organizations below to learn more.