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More Habitat Improvement Projects Planned in Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to plan habitat improvement projects on Tully Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lauderdale County and on Eagle Lake State Refuge in Shelby County.

More Habitat Improvement Projects Planned in Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to plan habitat improvement projects on Tully Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lauderdale County and on Eagle Lake State Refuge in Shelby County.

Project Planned on Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area

DU recently received a $55,000 grant for habitat work on Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in central Tennessee.

DU Partners with Tennessee's Wolf River Conservancy

Ducks Unlimited recently entered into an option agreement with the Wolf River Conservancy to purchase 160 acres in Fayette County, Tennessee, just 30 miles upstream from DU’s national headquarters in Memphis.

Tennessee: Bogota Wildlife Management Area Wetlands Enhancement

Bogota Wildlife Management Area lies near the Obion River, a major wintering area in the Tennessee portion of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Lick Creek Wildlife Management Area

To enhance water management on 900 acres of wetlands on Lick Creek WMA through the repair and enhancement of levees and the addition of new water control structure and re-lift pumps. During the last 8-10 years the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has acquired approximately 1,600 acres of land in the Lick Creek floodplain.

Ernest Rice WMA - Thorny Cypress Wetlands

To convert land formerly used for production agriculture to bottomland hardwood forest and to expand public use. This restoration project was supported by a generous gift of $65,000 from Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tennessee Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Tennessee. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Tennessee Partners Project

The Tennessee Partners Project is a private lands program designed to establish or improve waterfowl and wetland habitat in Tennessee.

Chickasaw NWR - Waterfowl Impoundments

To restore 900 acres of waterfowl habitat on Chickasaw NWR through construction of levees, installation of 5 water control structures, and installation of well and water distribution system. Phase II will create sub-impoundments through construction of 25,000 linear feet of levee and improvement of water distribution system.

White Lake Refuge - Wetlands Restoration

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency acquired White Lake Refuge in 1991. In 1992, Ducks Unlimited completed construction of Phase I, which involved terrace levees, water control structures, and a well that will flood 245 acres of moist-soil habitat. Phase II will create similar habitat on an additional 370 acres.

Lower Hatchie NWR - Moist-Soil Wetlands

To enhance 524 acres of moist-soil habitat and flooded agricultural crops on Lower Hatchie NWR through construction of 2.1 miles of levees and installation of 21 water control structures. The area previously consisted of bottomland hardwood forests, but was cleared for agricultural production.

Eagle Lake Refuge - Mustin Bottoms

This project involves restoration and enhancement of wetlands in the floodplain of the Mississippi River. Low levees and water control structures were installed to restore hydrology on the site. In addition, two wells were constructed to provide a reliable source of water that will permit flooding in a timely manner.

Kyker Bottoms Refuge - Wetlands Enhancement

To restore 126 acres of moist-soil habitat on Kyker Bottoms through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures, thus creating 6 independent management units. In addition, a pump was installed to provide a dependable source of water during fall migration. The objective was to create moist-soil impoundments near Tellico Lake, because shallow wetlands are rare in this region.

Cheatham County WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 300 acres of waterfowl habitat on Cheatham County WMA through construction of levees, installation and/or replacement of water control structures, and construction of a water distribution system, thus increasing wetland area and improving water management capabilities on the area. Cheatham County WMA is a very popular public waterfowl hunting area and attracts numerous waterfowl species including mallards, gadwall, black ducks, and Canada geese.

Camden WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 3,700 acres of waterfowl habitat on Camden WMA by raising an existing external levee to its original grade of 364 feet and raising the spillway elevation to 363 feet, thus improving management capabilities on the area for waterfowl and wetland species. Camden WMA is one of Tennessee’s premier public waterfowl hunting areas and attracts over 200,000 waterfowl annually.

Tellico Lake WMA - Chota Refuge Unit

To enhance 35 acres of flooded agricultural crops on the Chota Unit through construction of an exterior levee and installation of several water control structures. In addition, a pump and power unit was purchased to provide a dependable source of water during fall migration.

Whites Mill Refuge - Wetlands Restoration

To restore 52 acres of waterfowl habitat on Whites Mill Refuge. The area was acquired by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 1992. Whites Mill was a converted wetland that had been in agricultural production for many years prior to its acquisition.

ARNOLD ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER - Hunts Creek Green-Timber Area

To restore 225 acres of green-timber habitat on AEDC WMA through construction of an interior cross levee and installation of several water control structures. The objective was to divide the green-timber area into 2 impoundments, thus reducing stress on trees and maximizing waterfowl use of the area.

Henderson Island WMA - Wetlands Enhancement

To restore 18 acres of moist-soil habitat on Henderson Island WMA through construction of an exterior levee and installation of several water control structures. In addition, a 6” well was installed to provide a dependable source of water during fall migration.

Yuchi WMA - Smith Bend Acquisition

To acquire and protect 2,364 acres of wildlife habitat along the Chickamauga Reservoir in eastern Tennessee. Future project activities will include developing a dependable source of water for wintering waterfowl.

Horns Bluff Refuge - Wetlands Enhancement

To enhance 200 acres of waterfowl habitat on Horns Bluff Refuge. The area was acquired by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 1991 and 1992.
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