Contacts Resource Library
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards, including water related hazards. Click here for more information and contacts for Region 4, which covers the Cumberland River Basin.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. In the Cumberland River Basin the NPS manages the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Natchez Trace Parkway, and Stones River National Battlefield.
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
NRCS provides farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, not only helping the environment but agricultural operations, too. NRCS has employees in nearly every county across America. USDA Service Center Locator provides a map where you can search for local offices by state, city, and county. The USDA Service Center Employee Directory allows you to search employees by name, city, county, and state. Regional conservationist contact information can be found here.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. Follow the links for more information about NOAA in Kentucky and Tennessee.
OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Since 1977, OSMRE has protected the environment and people while regulating surface coal mining in the United States, and funded the restoration of abandoned coal mines. Follow the links for more information about the Appalachian Region's Office, as well as information about OSMRE work in Kentucky and Tennessee, contacts in Kentucky and Tennessee, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation. Follow the links for more information about TVA in Kentucky and Tennessee.
UNITED STATE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - NASHVILLE DISTRICT
For more than 200 years, the Corps has supported the nation’s river-based commerce, protected established population centers, provided disaster response and constructed military facilities to protect our shores. Today, the 750 civilians and U.S. Army officers of the Nashville District continue to serve the region, the Corps, and the Nation by providing collaborative water resource engineering solutions, world class public infrastructure management, and environmental stewardship for the Cumberland-Tennessee River Systems.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Our vision is to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands. Follow the links for more information about USDA's Kentucky and Tennessee offices.
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. An EPA organization chart is available here. Follow the links for more information and an organization chart for Region 4, which covers the Cumberland River Basin.
EPA's Surf Your Watershed tool allows users to find their watershed and connect with citizen-based groups protecting water quality in their watershed.
UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE
The US Forest Service's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. In the Cumberland River Basin the Forest Service manages the Daniel Boone National Forest Website, the Jefferson National Forest, and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The Service also manages the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center and the Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants Program.
UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
The US Fish and Wildlife Services works with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Follow the links for more information about the agency's Southeast Office, as well as its Kentucky Ecological Services Field Station and Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office.
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
We provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Our scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. Follow the links to learn more about USGS offices/Water Science Centers in Tennessee and Kentucky or the Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KENTUCKY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
Our mission, simply stated, is to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education. Jointly with our other land-grant partner, Kentucky State University, we take the University to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance of all Kentuckians. The County Extension Service Offices Map is a map with links to county extension services office websites. A second map, shows extension districts, district directors, and district counties.
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is a consumer protection and service agency that affects the lives of all Kentuckians every day. Organization information and a staff directory may be found at the links provided. Find Kentucky agriculture businesses and products using the KDA Agriculture Business Directory.
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The department's mission is to protect and enhance Kentucky's environment. This mission is important because it has a direct impact on Kentucky's public health, our citizens' safety and the quality of Kentucky's valuable natural resources - our environment. Regional office information is available here.
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
The mission of the KDFWR is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources and provide opportunity for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and other wildlife related activities. Follow the links for district maps and contacts, a private lands biologists map, contacts for the department's stream team, and a map of stream mitigation program staff and service areas.
KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
The mission of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is to improve the health and safety of people in Kentucky through prevention, promotion and protection. Local contact information for county health department offices in Kentucky can be found here.
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
The Division of Compliance Assistance exists to provide services that increase environmental knowledge and encourage behavioral changes. We do this to improve regulatory compliance, achieve exceptional performance and enhance the quality of Kentucky’s environment and communities. KY EXCEL is a DCA program that offers a home for individuals, businesses and organizations looking to make a contribution to improving Kentucky’s environment. Follow the link for a list of current KY EXCEL members.
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
The Division of Conservation is charged with providing assistance to Kentucky’s 121 conservation districts to develop, administer and implement sound conservation programs across the state. Kentucky’s conservation districts are subdivisions of state government, and districts are organized with their boundaries coinciding with county lines with the exception of Logan County, which is divided into two districts. Each local district is governed by a seven-member board of supervisors elected by the registered voters within that district. The conservation districts have been organized for the special purpose of assisting landowners and land users in solving soil and water resource problems, setting priorities for conservation work to be accomplished and coordinating the federal, state and local resources to carry out these programs.
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
The mission of the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is "to protect, conserve and enhance the forest resources of the Commonwealth through a public informed of the environmental, social and economic importance of these resources." As a means of meeting this mission, the division offers a variety of programs and services ranging from landowner assistance and master logger training to forest health protection and wildland fire management. The division is also involved in the operation of tree seedling nurseries, urban forestry assistance and forestry education. The Division manages the Kentenia State Forest in the Cumberland River Basin.
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF MINE RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
The DMRE is one of three agencies within the Department for Natural Resources responsible for administering Kentucky's mining, reclamation, and abandoned mine land laws. The DMRE works closely with the Division of Mine Permits and the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to ensure that all established standards of operation are addressed and that the public and the environment are protected. Contact information for Central Office staff is available here. Regional office information and contacts are available here.
KENTUCKY DIVISION OF WATER
The mission of the Kentucky Division of Water is to manage, protect and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth's water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory and educational programs. Agency information and an organizational chart can be found here. Contacts and additional information regarding Kentucky Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) can be found here.
KENTUCKY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Kentucky Geological Survey is a state supported research center and public resource within the University of Kentucky. Our mission is to support sustainable prosperity of the Commonwealth, the vitality of its flagship university, and the welfare of its people. We do this by conducting research and providing unbiased information about geologic resources, environmental issues, and natural hazards affecting Kentucky. Additional information is available regarding KGS's Water Resources Section.
KENTUCKY POLLUTION PREVENTION CENTER
Established in 1994, KPPC is a state-mandated technical assistance resource center. As part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, KPPC has the resources, expertise and experienced engineering and technical staff to help Kentucky’s businesses, industries and other organizations stay environmentally sustainable and competitive. KPPC has been recognized at both state and national levels as a Center of Excellence.
KENTUCKY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC) participates in an international network of programs that monitor biodiversity. The 1976 Kentucky legislature created the commission to protect the best remaining natural areas in the state, not only to preserve our natural heritage, but also in recognition of the dependence of our well-being on healthy ecosystems.
KENTUCKY STATE PARKS
KSA hosts an annual conference choosing a location in one of it's MS4 communities. The conference is well attended by KSA members as well as local, state and regional regulatory staff. KSA's annual conference provides a venue for MS4 communities to discuss stormwater issues, program implementation, strategies and lessons learned
KENTUCKY STORMWATER ASSOCIATION
KSA hosts an annual conference choosing a location in one of it's MS4 communities. The conference is well attended by KSA members as well as local, state and regional regulatory staff. KSA's annual conference provides a venue for MS4 communities to discuss stormwater issues, program implementation, strategies and lessons learned.
KENTUCKY WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The KWRRI is one of 54 Institutes in the United States established under Public Law 88-379, the Water Research Act of 1964. The KWRRI focuses on water resources and water-related environmental issues important to the state of Kentucky. In keeping with its statewide mission, the KWRRI works to foster research collaborations between faculty and research staff at UK as well as faculty and research staff affiliated with the various regional universities across the state. The KWRRI mission encompasses several facets including research, education, training, and technology transfer. Dr. Lindell Ormsbee currently serves as the KWRRI Director.
STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY - WATERWORKS
WaterWorks interacts with MTSU staff and students on campus, as well as businesses, civic groups, industry, schools and citizens in Murfreesboro to provide more specific outreach and projects such as stream cleanup and restoration efforts, tree plantings and stream buffer projects, neighborhood outreach, pollutant prevention pledges, best management practices, stakeholder engagement, civic and school outreach and many other efforts to protect the Stones River and its tributaries. In addition, many of the resources we have developed have been made available through our partnership with the Tennessee Stormwater Association to help other MS4s and watershed groups with their local outreach to ensure healthy streams and rivers across the state. The WaterWorks website provides a list of watershed groups in Tennessee available here.
TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF UTILITY DISTRICTS
TAUD’s mission is to provide the highest quality technical, legal and operational support to assist its members in delivering safe and efficient services in the public interest. Our staff of water, wastewater, and cross connection experts is available to assist you and answer your questions. On-site technical assistance is available at your utility by TAUD staff, specializing in water and wastewater operations.
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture promotes local produce and products and ensures safe and dependable food and fiber for all while conserving our natural resources. The Department's 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. Department Watershed Coordinators are available to provide technical assistance for addressing a variety of agricultural stormwater runoff and nonpoint source water concerns.
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation exists to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Tennessee and to be stewards of our natural environment by: 1) Protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s air, land, and water through a responsible regulatory system; 2) Protecting and promoting human health and safety; 3) Conserving and promoting natural, cultural and historic resources; and 4) Providing a variety of quality outdoor recreational experiences. TDEC's Environmental Field Office Map shows office locations and contact information for TDEC Environmental Field Offices across the state. The Cumberland River Basin is home to two offices: one in Cookeville and another in Nashville. TDEC organizational charts are available here.
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
The TN Department of Tourism Development promotes Tennessee to vacationers in the United States as well as internationally. The department also operates 15 Welcome Centers along the interstate highway system in Tennessee. Each of the Welcome Centers is equipped with a toll-free telephone system allowing travelers to make hotel, motel, and campground reservations anywhere in Tennessee.
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
TDOT is a multimodal agency with responsibilities in aviation, public transit, waterways, railroads and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Our involvement ranges from airport improvements to funding transit buses to planning for river ports.
TENNESSEE DIVISION OF FORESTRY
The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use of forest resources by helping landowners, fighting wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality and collecting forest inventory data. To prevent wildfires, the division trains volunteer fire departments, issues burning permits, enforces fire laws and teaches the public fire safety. The Division's Area Foresters Map has contact information for foresters within counties across the state of Tennessee. The Directory of Tennessee’s Forest Industries is a directory of primary and secondary wood-using industries that are located within the state of Tennessee.
TENNESSEE DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS
The Division of Natural Areas is dedicated to the protection and proper management of native plants, animals, and natural communities across Tennessee. Along with managing a state-wide system of natural areas, the Division of Natural Areas is a lead authority regarding the location and ecology of Tennessee’s rare species.
TENNESSEE DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
The Division of Water Resources is responsible for managing, protecting and enhancing the quality of the state's water resources through voluntary, regulatory and educational programs. Follow the link for an organizational chart of the Division.
TENNESSEE LAND MANAGEMENT AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The Lands Management and GIS section helps to achieve Recreation Educational Service’s mission through responsibilities involving Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation land issues. These include land acquisition, environmental assessments of land, and development of lands for state and federal grant monies. Other projects include maintaining a GIS and database of statewide grant lands.
TENNESSEE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
The Tennessee Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (TN RC&D Council) is composed of 12 Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils in different regions of Tennessee. RC&D Councils provide a unique process for Tennessee to develop its economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve the economy, environment, and quality of life. Most of the counties in Tennessee are represented by an RC&D Council.
TENNESSEE STATE PARKS
Founded in 1937, Tennessee State Parks preserves and protects the unique natural, cultural and historic resources of our state. Learn about the mission, vision, values and leadership of our park system.
TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY - CENTER FOR THE MANAGEMENT, UTILIZATION AND PROTECTION OF WATER RESOURCES
This TTU center focuses on research in biodiversity and sustainability, enabling technologies and tools, water security and sustainability, and the water-energy-food nexus.
TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
The Mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state's waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION
UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels. Follow the link for office locations, departments, and centers.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE
MTAS provides technical advice to cities and towns across the state: their governing bodies, mayors, city managers, city recorders, and city department heads.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) is a federally designated state research institute supported in part by the U.S. Geological Survey. It serves as a primary link among water-resource experts in academia, government, and the private sector, and the diversity of its staff in terms of background and expertise enhances flexibility and positions the Center to establish productive partnerships. TNWRRC is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The Center provides a list of UT Faculty and Staff with Expertise in Water.
Volunteer Tennessee encourages volunteerism and community service in the State of Tennessee.
Follow the link for more information about the city's stormwater quality programs.
Follow the link for more information about the City's Surface and Stormwater Utility Website.
NASHVILLE AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) facilitates strategic planning for the region's multi-modal transportation system by serving as a forum for collaboration among local communities and state leaders. The vision of the MPO is to develop policies and programs that direct public funds to transportation projects that increase access to opportunity and prosperity, while promoting the health and wellness of Middle Tennesseans and the environment.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY
The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources. The Southern Division's website can be found here.
American Rivers combines national advocacy with field work in key river basins to deliver the greatest impact. We are practical problem solvers with positions informed by science. With our expertise and outreach, we work to protect and restore our nation’s rivers. Southeast contacts and resources can be found here.
APPALACHIAN CITIZENS LAW CENTER
The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that fights for justice in the coalfields by representing coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety and by working with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from misuse and degradation caused by extractive industries. The Center handles individual cases and engages in strategic litigation and policy work in the areas of mine safety and health, environmental protection, legacy costs of extractive industries on the people, land and economy of the Central Appalachian region, and sustainable energy.
APPALACHIAN LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION COOPERATIVE
Appalachian LCC works to achieve sustainable landscape-level conservation in Appalachia through partnerships, shared resources, enhanced science-based management capacity, landscape-level planning, and support for conservation actions and research as part of a national network.
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN ADVOCATES
Appalachian Mountain Advocates is a non-profit law and policy center dedicated to fighting for clean water and a clean energy future.
Appalachian Voices works at the nexus of America’s ongoing shift from dirty energy to solar, wind and other 21st-century energy sources. We defend our region from mountaintop removal coal mining, fracked-gas pipeline building, and other harmful practices while promoting clean energy sources that generate local jobs and community wealth and that sustain Appalachia’s incomparable natural heritage.
CENTER FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION
The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering responsible land and water management through applied research, direct assistance to communities, award-winning training, and access to a network of experienced professionals. The Center is your first source for best practices in stormwater and watershed management. The Center was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Ellicott City, Maryland.
CLIMATE SOLUTIONS UNIVERSITY
The goal of Climate Solutions University is to build community capacity for climate resilience for at-risk urban and rural populations, and the critical forested watershed ecosystems and ecosystem services upon which they depend.
CONSERVATION FISHERIES INC.
Conservation Fisheries, INC is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization in Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1986 and incorporated in 1992, CFI is dedicated to the preservation of aquatic biodiversity in our streams and rivers. Over nearly 30 years we have developed techniques to propagate more than 65 nongame fish, including some of the most imperiled species in the southeastern United States. We were the first facility in the Southeast to propagate rare, non-game fishes for recovery work. Our primary goal is to restore fish populations that have been eliminated because of pollution or habitat destruction. However, we also produce many rare or difficult-to-collect species for other purposes related to aquatic conservation.
CUMBERLAND REGION TOMORROW
Cumberland Region Tomorrow brings people together to address regional challenges and opportunities we face with the future growth and development of Middle Tennessee. Our mission is to foster communication, collaboration and action as we help plan for the long-term livability, economic vitality and sustainability of this place we call home.
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Since 1997, the Cumberland River Compact and its members have worked to improve the quality of water in the Cumberland River Basin, and in doing so, to improve the quality of life of our basin’s communities.
CUMBERLAND TRAILS CONFERENCE
The Cumberland Trail is an ambitious hiking trail project under development in East Tennessee. When completed, the Cumberland Trail (CT) will extend more than 300 miles from its northern terminus in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (TN/KY) to its southern terminus at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park located on Signal Mountain just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. As of November 2016 over 210 miles of the trail are open for hiking. Estimated completion date for all trail segments in currently owned state land is late 2019.
For over 20 years, Dogwood Alliance has worked with diverse communities, partner organizations and decision-makers to protect Southern forests across 14 states. We do this through community and grassroots organizing, holding corporations and governments accountable and working to conserve millions of acres of Southern forests.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America's drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent's waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited.
FOOTHILLS LAND CONSERVANCY
Foothills Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the lands and environments of the Southern Appalachian region and promoting the character of the land for the benefit of the general public, now and in the future.
FOUR RIVERS WATERSHED WATCH
Four Rivers Watershed Watch is a group a volunteers that conduct stream quality surveys on streams, rivers, and lakes in the Four Rivers Region of Kentucky. We encourage all individuals to know about their waterways, since the condition of our streams and rivers is an indicator of the health of our water and communities. Through our efforts, we provide citizens with the training necessary to scientifically explore and provide a snapshot of their own stream quality. The data collected by our volunteers is used to help develop plans to enhance the streams for fishing, swimming, wildlife habitat and drinking water supply.
FRIENDS OF BEAMAN PARK
The mission of Friends of Beaman Park is to preserve and protect the natural, historical, cultural and recreational features of the area in and around Beaman Park. We advocate for conservation and resource protection through activities, fund raising and community education.
FRIENDS OF BLEDSOE CREEK STATE PARK
The Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in May 2007 by a dedicated group of volunteers interested in preserving and promoting Bledsoe’s natural forest habitat. The Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park are committed to providing present and future generations with the splendor and tranquility found in our state parks.
FRIENDS OF BOWIE NATURE PARK
The mission of the Friends of Bowie Nature Park is to preserve, protect, promote and enhance Bowie Nature Park for use by the general public as a nature reserve and park. Bowie Nature Park is located in Fairview TN, approximately 25 miles southwest of Nashville TN.
FRIENDS OF FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK
The Friends of Fall Creek Falls are a non-profit (501(c)3) organization established in 1994 to support the Park through various efforts that incorporate the CARE program which has been established to assist in preserving the natural & cultural riches of Fall Creek Falls State Park.
FRIENDS OF LONG HUNTER STATE PARK
Founded in 1991, the Friends of Long Hunter State Park was the second non-profit organization created in Tennessee to assist state parks. Its mission is to support, improve, protect and preserve the character of Long Hunter State Park.
FRIENDS OF MONTGOMERY BELL STATE PARK
The mission of Friends of Montgomery Bell State Park is to support the park, provide a quality place for families to recreate, and educate visitors on the importance of protection and preservation of the park.
FRIENDS OF RADNOR LAKE
The mission of Friends of Radnor Lake is to protect, preserve and promote the natural integrity of Radnor Lake through land acquisition, environmental education and park support.
FRIENDS OF SHELBY PARK AND BOTTOMS
Founded in 2008, the Friends of Shelby is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, protection, enhancement and stewardship of Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms. It works to protect the natural and historical integrity of the area by supporting appropriate recreational activities, maintaining and enhancing its features, promoting programs that inspire appreciation and conservation of Park and Bottoms, and advocating for a level playing field for the various user groups.
FRIENDS OF SOUTH CUMBERLAND
The mission of the Friends of South Cumberland State Park is to aid and assist the park management and staff in meeting its objectives, and to inform, educate, engage, and inspire its members and the public to protect, conserve, and enjoy all the resources of the park.
FRIENDS OF WARNER PARKS
Friends of Warner Parks is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and stewardship of Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. It works to protect the natural and historical integrity of the area by supporting appropriate recreational activities, maintaining and enhancing its features, and promoting programs that inspire appreciation and conservation of the Parks.
GREENWAYS FOR NASHVILLE
Greenways for Nashville is a non-profit organization raising awareness of and private support for Nashville’s greenways initiative. GFN works in partnership with the Metro Parks Department and the Greenways and Open Space Commission to connect Nashville the green way.
The Harpeth Conservancy, formerly known as the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), in middle Tennessee is a science-based conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee. For more than 18 years, the Harpeth Conservancy has worked to monitor, restore and protect the State Scenic Harpeth River and its tributaries.
Headwaters Inc. is a non-profit organization in Letcher County Kentucky. Our mission is to improve the watersheds in Letcher County by educating the community, providing accurate and timely information, and instilling a sense of personal and community responsibility.
JACKSON PURCHASE FOUNDATION
The Jackson Purchase Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in western Kentucky. We work with local citizens and community leaders to develop ideas, build partnerships, find funding, and implement projects that improve the quality of life for citizens of the Jackson Purchase region.
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL
Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America's Communities. Follow the links to visit associated Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Keep Putnam County Beautiful and Keep Williamson County Beautiful websites.
KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
KFTC is a grassroots organization of 10,000 members across Kentucky. We have local chapters and at-large members in many counties. We use a set of core strategies, from leadership development to communications and voter empowerment, to impact a broad range of issues, including coal and water, new energy and transition, economic justice and voting rights.
THE KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) is a non-profit serving as the umbrella organization for environmental education in Kentucky. AEE has served as Kentucky's leader in environmental education for 40 years, promoting and influencing environmental education on national and statewide levels each day.
THE KENTUCKY CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
The Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) is a collaborative of individuals and organizations working for a healthy environment and strong protections of Kentucky’s natural resources and places. We find resolute support from Kentucky’s voters for these goals and we encourage legislators to enact environmentally responsible policies. KCC works to make sound environmental stewardship a priority for elected officials and voters.
KENTUCKY ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION
We accomplish our objectives by engaging in research and public education; improving public access to information; encouraging community participation in environmental decision-making processes; and building consensus among affected peoples, governments, nonprofits and businesses.
Kentucky Heartwood was formed in 1992 by people concerned about logging, mining, and off-road vehicles on the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF). We advocate for the greatest protections of Kentucky’s public forests, with the twin values of protecting and restoring ecological integrity and a reverence and respect for wild nature as our guiding principles. Through public education, outreach, forest monitoring, and the suite of administrative and legal avenues of public participation and recourse, Kentucky Heartwood continues our tradition of effective advocacy.
KENTUCKY NATURAL LANDS TRUST
KNLT is a state-wide land trust committed to preserving our diminishing natural places, protecting our rich biodiversity and ensuring a future that will continue to inspire new generations of environmental stewards.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
Since 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance has been a leader in the fight against pollution in our waterways – winning stronger protections for over 90 percent of Kentucky’s rivers, lakes and streams. We work with communities on local watershed issues at the state and national levels advocating for the best regulations possible. With a mission to protect and restore Kentucky’s waterways, our work is making a difference in the quality of life for all Kentuckians one protected stream at a time.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
An accredited, statewide not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1999, the people of Land Trust for Tennessee are driven to protect public and private land to benefit all Tennesseans now and for generations to come. We know that if we don’t conserve and care for our treasured places, we will never get them back. We strive to balance growth by protecting lands for the aesthetic, environmental and economic benefit of Tennessee. We work with communities and landowners so you and your family have places to bike, hike, fish, farm, play and breathe deeply…forever.
LEAVE NO TRACE
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year. Follow the links for more information about the organizations efforts in Kentucky and Tennessee.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE FLY FISHERS
We are an active community of fly fishers whose goal is to promote our sport in a variety of ways.
MILL CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
The Mill Creek Watershed Association was formed in 2009 by a collaboration of organizations with a common goal. MCWA was rejuvenated in 2013 by the Cumberland River Compact with the support of theTennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. Our common goal is to provide education and support for improving and protecting the beautifully unique Mill Creek Watershed.
NASHVILLE CLEAN WATER PROJECT
The Nashville Clean Water Project is a proud offering of Water City USA. We provide residents and corporations across Middle Tennessee a platform to demonstrate their environmental dedication and service commitments. We’re also an ideal service venue for CSR and corporate giving programs that seek to engage their workforce in ways that improve communities locally.
NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Since our creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has grown to become the nation's largest conservation grant-maker. We work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Click here for more information about the Southern Regional Office.
NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Since our founding in 1919, National Parks Conservation Association has been the independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America's favorite places.
NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION
The mission of the NSSF is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners. The mission of the National Wild Turkey Federation is no less urgent today than when it was founded in 1973. What we do in the coming decades will be instrumental in not only enhancing wild turkey populations but also in the continuation of hunting and quality wildlife habitat for countless species.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky was founded in 1975 by a group of Kentuckians concerned with the rapidly disappearing natural lands and waters of our state. Since then, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky has grown to include more than 5,000 members, employs a professional staff of 16 and has protected more than 50,000 acres of ecologically important lands in Kentucky. In addition, our cooperative partnerships with private landowners promote the protection of over 100,000 additional acres. We currently manage over 30 preserves and over 100 conservation easements.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
The Nature Conservancy protects Earth's most important natural places -- for you and future generations -- through great science and smart partnerships.The Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 300,000 acres in Tennessee. Along the way, we have helped create or expand 29 State Natural Areas, 12 State Wildlife Management Areas and 2 National Wildlife Refuges.
The NatureServe Network empowers people to sustain biodiversity by making sure everyone has access to the knowledge they need to be better stewards of our shared lands and waters. We serve as an authoritative source of comprehensive, decision-quality biodiversity data.
OHIO RIVER FOUNDATION
Ohio River Foundation's mission is to protect and improve the water quality of the Ohio River and all waters in its watershed for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.
OWL'S HILL NATURE SANCTUARY
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in northern Williamson County, Tennessee. We are dedicated to a mission of Environmental Education and Research; Restoration of native flora and fauna; Conservation and Protection of natural resources; Spreading an Appreciation and Enjoyment of nature.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A DESIRABLE ENVIRONMENT
The PRIDE initiative promotes Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment in 42 counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The PRIDE initiative was launched in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and the late General James Bickford (PDF) the former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet. Their vision was to restore the natural beauty of their native region by encouraging citizens to take responsibility for protecting their environment and by providing the education and resources they need to do so.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
PEER is a national non-profit alliance of local, state and federal scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other professionals dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values.
RECREATIONAL BOATING AND FISHING FOUNDATION
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is a national, non-profit organization that is leading the drive – in partnership with industry and government, and through its brands Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar – to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing, thereby helping to conserve and restore our country’s aquatic natural resources.
RED RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Red River Watershed Association is to enhance and protect the quality and quantity of water in the creeks and streams of our area through activities that educate, promote community cooperation, and encourage responsible stewardship.
RICHLAND CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance is a watershed-based, community-supported stream conservation group, public charity, focused on environmental sustainability of the Richland Creek watershed, and dedicated to providing action and leadership for long-term restoration and preservation of its ecosystem.
River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. We envision a future with clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers.
SIERRA CLUB - KENTUCKY
The Sierra Club Cumberland (Kentucky) Chapter works state-wide to focus our work at the municipal and county levels. We're involved in everything from hiking, to clean energy, to clean water and other conservation issues -join in and help us protect the air, land, water and wildlife throughout this beautiful state!
SIERRA CLUB - TENNESSEE
We are the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the world’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. With 44,000 members and supporters in every county across the state, we have the resources to empower people and to influence public policy through community activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation.
SoundForest.org a 501c3 EcoCharity offering sustainability programs to help improve the environment. It is our goal to educate and enable companies, local government, community groups, and individuals to operate in an improved eco-friendly manner. Our primary focus is to help restore natural and urban forests by planting trees to improve water quality, filter pollutants from the air, save energy by shading AC units, and create wildlife habitat in both rural and urban sites. Our fruit tree program helps produce locally grown produce. We also offer composting and recycling programs as well as promotes alternative methods of transportation including the benefits of riding bikes.
SOUTH CUMBERLAND REGIONAL LAND TRUST
Established in 1993 for the purpose of purchasing or protecting wild and rural lands located on or near the Cumberland Plateau. SCRLT's purpose is to preserve existing forest lands, areas with unique geological features, old growth forests and areas with rare or endangered species of flora or fauna.
SOUTHEAST AQUATIC RESOURCE PARTNERSHIP
The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) is a regional collaboration of natural resource and science agencies, conservation organizations and private interests developed to strengthen the management and conservation of aquatic resources in the southeastern United States.
SOUTHEASTERN CAVE CONSERVANCY
SCCi currently protects 171 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states. Founded in 1991, SCCi is the world’s largest land conservancy dedicated solely to cave conservation. The caves we protect represent some of the Southeast’s most significant wild caves. We protect the habitat endangered animals, preserve historic artifacts, and provide some of the best recreational caving anywhere.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. Our team of more than 70 dedicated attorneys stands up for all the things you love about this special region—clean water, healthy air, mountains and forests, the coast. By working at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and in all three branches of government, this nonprofit organization is able to do what it takes to get results. SELC strengthens laws, we make government agencies do their job, and, when necessary, we go to court to stop environmental abuses or to set far-reaching precedents. Follow the link for information about the organization's Nashville Office.
STATEWIDE ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
SOCM is a member-run grassroots community organization that has been empowering Tennesseans to fight for environmental, economic and social justice for more than forty years. We serve as the only statewide community organizing entity in Tennessee. Joining SOCM unites you with an interconnected network of more than 2,200 members throughout Tennessee. SOCM’s goal is to provide Tennesseans with a place to come together, voice concerns, and take action in their communities and across the state.
STONES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Since its founding, the SRWA has concentrated on building partnerships with public agencies and related non-profit organizations that share a commitment to water resource protection, fostering public interest in recreational use of our rivers, collaborating with schools and teachers in delivering quality environmental education, developing expertise in the assessment and restoration of river corridors, and networking with sister organizations in other watersheds.
TENNESSEE ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS
TAP was created in October 2001. Our mission is to build a prosperous, sustainable economy that benefits all Tennesseans. We contribute to this effort by supporting and developing a new generation of grassroots leadership across Tennessee. Through community-based education, critical analysis and fostering solidarity among working people, we strive to support a growing movement that will transform our communities from the ground up. We also believe that climate change is a defining issue of our generation and place a particular emphasis on the work of climate justice.
TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
The mission of TACD is: Helping Soil Conservation Districts conserve and enhance the natural resources of Tennessee through education, leadership and advocacy. The Association's Soil Conservation Districts Map and List provides links to county Soil Conservation District websites. Contact information can also be accessed by adding the name of the county of interest to the following url www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-scd- To access Cumberland County Conservation Districty contacts, for example, use this url: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-scd-cumberland
TENNESSEE BASS FOUNDATION
We are a grass-roots organization of anglers dedicated to the The Bass Federation, it's members, the future of bass fishing, promoting catch-and-release, encouraging community involvement, lobbying for and against proposed legislation, introducing youth to fishing and the enjoyment of fishing for the beloved Bass.
TENNESSEE CITIZENS FOR WILDERNESS PLANNING
TCWP is dedicated to protecting natural lands and waters by means of public ownership, legislation, or cooperation of the private sector. Our efforts focus on the Cumberland and Appalachian regions of East Tennessee, but may extend to the rest of the state and the nation.
TENNESSEE CLEAN WATER NETWORK
TCWN empowers Tennesseans to exercise their right to clean water and healthy communities by fostering civic engagement, building partnerships and advancing, and when necessary enforcing, water policy for a sustainable future.
TENNESSEE CONSERVATION VOTERS
TCV is a coalition of state conservation groups and individuals dedicated to raising voter awareness, advocating stronger laws and holding our elected leaders accountable for safeguarding the environment of Tennessee.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
TEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1970. The organization educates and advocates for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities, and public health.
TEC maintains useful contact related resources including Greenbook Tennessee — a searchable list and map of environmental organizations across the state of Tennessee, as well as Tennessee Green Business Network — a networking group for businesses and organizations in Tennessee to connect, learn, share resources and ideas.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
The goals of environmental education are two-fold: to develop a world population that is aware of and concerned about the environment and its associated problems; and to develop a world population that has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current environmental problems and the prevention of new ones.
TENNESSEE FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
The Tennessee Forestry Association (TFA) serves as "The Voice of Forestry" in Tennessee. TFA is a private, non-profit organization primarily funded through membership dues. It began more than 50 years ago under the name of "Keep Tennessee Green" and was organized to assist in reducing the tremendous toll taken by forest fires each year throughout the state. TFA continues to work with state and national government agencies to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the forests of Tennessee through a diversity of public relations, government, and educational programs.
TENNESSEE PARKS AND GREENWAYS FOUNDATION
Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to protect the best of Tennessee’s natural world through conservation easements and acquisition of privately-held land.
TENNESSEE URBAN FORESTS COUNCIL
The TN Urban Forests Council promotes healthy and sustainable urban and community forests which contribute to clean air and water, economic stability, and beautiful green places in which all Tennesseans and future generations will live, work and play.
TENNENSSEE RECREATION AND PARKS ASSOCIATION
TRPA is a non-profit professional society of approximately 800 individual and agency members (professionals and citizens) organized in 1952 as The Leader in supporting highly effective professionals to achieve healthy, livable communities. TRPA exists to strengthen and unite those committed to the benefits of parks and recreation.
TENNESSEE SCENIC RIVERS ASSOCIATION
Protecting clean water and free-flowing rivers in TN has always been TSRA's core mission. However, we like to get out on the river and get others out to have fun and grow appreciation for our local resources! Whether we are cleaning a river or stream, paddling, building an access site or teaching a school the members of TSRA enjoy their time most on the water. We hope you will take some time to learn about our schools and programs and most of all, we hope to see you on the river!
TSRA also maintains this list of watershed associations across Tennessee.
TENNESSEE SECTION OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
The Tennessee Section of the American Water Resources Association strives to promote the advancement of water resources research, planning, and education by providing an annual forum to exchange multidisciplinary ideas about water issues throughout Tennessee and the surrounding region. The Tennessee Section has provided this annual forum since 1988.
TENNESSEE STORMWATER ASSOCIATON
TNSA’s mission is to assist members with their local efforts to comply with State and Federal clean water laws; including stormwater regulations through EPA and TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation).
TENNESSEE TRAILS ASSOCIATION
The Tennessee Trails Association is a non-profit (501c3) organization, founded in 1968, whose mission is to promote the development of a state wide system of hiking trails.
TENNESSEE URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL
Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests which contribute to clean air and water, economic stability, and beautiful green places in which all Tennesseans and future generations will live, work and play.
TENNESSEE WILDLIFE FEDERATION
We are one of the largest and oldest organizations in Tennessee dedicated to the conservation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and public policy. We bring together and represent the varied interests of people who enjoy the great outdoors. We are a 501-(c)(3) non-profit with a board of directors and a full-time staff headquartered in Nashville.
TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES FOUNDATION
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, Inc. (TWRF) was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1999 to support the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and to promote habitat conservation, responsible land stewardship, and the preservation of Tennessee's hunting and fishing heritage. TWRF assists TWRA with youth education programs as well as strategic land acquisitions to provide opportunities for habitat conservation/restoration and public hunting. Through our fundraising efforts and support, we provide a synergy to help the TWRA realize its goals.
Today TU is a national organization with about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
UNITED MOUNTAIN DEFENSE
United Mountain Defense (UMD) is a volunteer driven not for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting Tennessee’s environment and communities. Founded in 2005, UMD works to halt the practices of mountaintop removal (MTR) and other destructive industries in Tennessee. UMD monitors coal corporations and their regulators, and holds them accountable through scientific monitoring, community organizing, engaging in the permitting process, and legal actions when appropriate. These activities are supported by conducting outreach and education on the issue of MTR and hosting anti-MTR events and actions.
US ENDOWMENT FOR FORESTRY AND COMMUNITIES
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities works collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation's working forests and forest-reliant communities.
WHITES CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
We are folks from Whites Creek and the surrounding area dedicated to preserving our waterways and the natural and historical areas within the Watershed.