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FEDERAL RESOURCES

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Contacts

NRCS headquarters are in Washington D.C., but they have employees in nearly every county across America who help local communities every day. 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

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Region 4 Webpage
The Cumberland River Basin is within EPA Region 4. This webpage contains news, key issues, public notices, an organizational chart and more for the office. 

Surf Your Watershed
An EPA tool for finding your watershed and then finding and connecting with citizen-based groups at work protecting water quality in this watershed. 

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Kentucky Ecological Services Field Station
The Frankfort Field Office provides assistance to Federal and State agencies, local governments, businesses, and the general public relative to conserving, protecting, and restoring habitat for migratory birds and federally threatened and endangered species. Our assistance is typically provided through six programs: pre-development consultation, federal permits and projects, endangered species, environmental contaminants, partners for fish and wildlife, and education/outreach.

Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office
The Tennessee Field Office provides assistance to Federal and State agencies, local governments, businesses, and the general public relative to conserving, protecting, and restoring habitat for migratory birds and federally threatened and endangered species. Our assistance is typically provided through six programs: pre-development consultation, federal permits and projects, endangered species, environmental contaminants, partners for fish and wildlife, and education/outreach. 


U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Daniel Boone National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Daniel Boone National Forest — a National Forest that embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.

Jefferson National Forest Website
A website hosting a variety of information about the Jefferson National Forest. A small portion of the Jefferson National Forest is within the Cumberland River Basin. 

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Website
A website with a variety of information about Land Between the Lakes. Key pages include those for campingboating and rampsfishinghuntingswimmingtrails, and more.  

Laurel River Lake Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Information regarding Laurel River Lake campgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, fees, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and more. 

London Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the London Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center
The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands. The Center's focus is on environmental flows and water resource management, watershed, stream, riparian, and aquatic habitat restoration, condition, trend, and effectiveness monitoring of watershed, channel, aquatic habitat, and riparian vegetation, technology development, transfer and application, and technical Support and Training.

Stearns Ranger District Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Website with resources and recreational opportunity information for the Stearns Ranger District within the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants Program
This program of the US Forest Service aims to 1) protect, sustain, and improve the water and watershed resources and services; 2) protect ecosystems by ensuring that proposed management activities promote conservation of biological diversity; 3) restore deteriorated ecosystems by ensuring their biological health, diversity, and productivity; 4) provide multiple benefits to people within the capabilities of ecosystems by enhancing ecosystem productivity, managing public access, and increasing environmental education; and 5) improve organizational effectiveness.
 

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
TN Office - Water Science Center
KY Office - Water Science Center

Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee - Kentucky
The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee (KASMC) is a partnership of national, state, and local agencies dedicated to coordinating agricultural science and monitoring efforts in Kentucky in order to promote sustainable farming and a healthy environment.
 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Website
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. 

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Website
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Natchez Trace Parkway Website
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Stones River National Battlefield
The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution


U.S. OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Abandoned Mine Lands Grants
Information regarding grant distribution and funding for the Abandoned Mine Lands Program. 

Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System
The Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System is a computer system used to store, manage, and report on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's Inventory of Abandoned Mine Land Problems. This includes both problems in need of reclamation and those that have been reclaimed.

Abandoned Mine Lands (AMLs) Portal
The purpose of the AMLs Portal is to provide “one voice” messaging from U.S. Federal environmental and land management agencies related to the environmental, health, and safety impacts of AMLs. It serves as an information repository about the different types of AML sites and their associated environmental, health, and safety issues and also highlights federal, state, local, and tribal resources and success in AML reclamation activity.

Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Website
The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is a coalition of groups, including citizens, the coal industry, and government dedicated to restoring forests on coal mined lands in the Eastern United States. This website offers a variety of resources related to reforesting coal mined lands in Appalachia. 

Applicant Violator System
The Applicant Violator System is an automated information system owned and operated by OSMRE. Information on applicants, permittees, operators, application and permit records, as well as unabated or uncorrected environmental violations of SMCRA are maintained in this nationwide database for OSMRE’s Federal and State programs.

Forest Reclamation Advisories
Forest Reclamation Advisories are informational documents put together by the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Science Team to clearly explain the Forestry Reclamation Approach and address questions about reclamation practices that can be used to prepare coal mined lands to forestry related landuses. 

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Kentucky Webpage
Information, contacts, Abandoned Mine Lands Projects and additional resources specific to surface mining in Kentucky.  

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Tennessee Webpage
Information, contacts, Abandoned Mine Lands Projects and additional resources specific to surface mining in Tennessee. 

Reforestation Research
Research on reforestation of coal mined sites in Tennessee and Kentucky in association with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. 

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement / Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) works with AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and local community non-profits to place VISTA Volunteers throughout Appalachian states in communities that were impacted by pre-regulatory coal mining practices. This webpage includes more information about the program. 

 

State Resources - KENTUCKY

KY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
County Extension Service Offices Map
A map and links to county extension services office websites. A second map, shows extension districts, district directors, and district counties. 
 

KY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Local Health Department Listings
Contact information for county health department offices in Kentucky. 


KY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Find Kentucky Agriculture Businesses and Products
Kentucky agriculture-related companies promote their businesses, products, and services in the KDA Agriculture Business Directory.

Staff Directory
Directory for the the KY Department of Agriculture.
 

KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
County Contact Tool
Tool for finding Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff by county across Kentucky. 

Private Lands Biologists Map
A map with contact information for private lands biologists from the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources from across the state of Kentucky. 

Stream Team Program
The Stream Team offer landowners free repairs to eroding and unstable streams and wetlands. The team consists of a group of stream restoration specialists in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Their job is to identify and undertake stream restoration projects statewide. The Stream Team works with private landowners and others to identify stream restoration projects. Projects are funded from the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund held in trust solely for repairing streams and wetlands. No state tax general funds or hunting/fishing license dollars are used. In addition to basic and technical information about this program as well as the states stream mitigation program, this webpage has information for helping landowners see if they may qualify for the program. 

Map of Stream Mitigation Program Staff and Service Areas
 

KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
KY EXCEL
KY EXCEL offers a home for individuals, businesses and organizations looking to make a contribution to improving Kentucky’s environment.  Membership in the program is free. All it requires is a voluntary commitment. KY EXCEL staff are available to help applicants through the membership process and down the path of stewardship. KY EXCEL strives to ensure that members enjoy all member benefits available to them. Click here to view a list of current KY EXCEL members and here for a list of the its member's accomplishments
 

KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
Conservation Districts
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. 

Conservation Links
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. 
 

KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Kentenia State Forest Website

Kentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,081 acres. The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited. Click following link for a map of Kentenia State Forest


KY DIVISION OF WATER
Kentucky Division of Water Organizational Chart
Organizational chart including staff within all branches and sections of the KY Division of Water. 

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Webpage
Resources and information regarding Kentucky MS4 programs. Includes links to an approved permits search tool, a list of MS4s with webpages in the State, the Kentucky Stormwater Association, and MS4 FAQs.


KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Water Resources Section
The Water Resources Section conducts a variety of hydrogeological investigations and acts as a scientific-technical resource to assist the groundwater data needs of state and federal agencies, other KGS sections and UK research faculty, professional geoscientists and engineers, and the general public. This webpage contains information and contacts for different initiatives of the section including details regarding the following work: the Center for Disease Control Private Well Initiative; Inventory of Sinkholes and Sinkhole Occurrences;  and Emerging Contaminants.  

 

STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE

TN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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. 

Watershed Coordinators
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Watershed Coordinators are available to provide technical assistance for addressing a variety of agricultural stormwater runoff and nonpoint source water concerns.  The Watershed Coordinators can help develop best management practices to combat pollutant contributions from a range of activities such as animal feeding operations, forestry activities, and urban runoff. This webpage contains a map of the state, along with highlighted coordinates and coordinator contact information.


TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
Environmental Field Office Map
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


TN DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Area Foresters Map
Map and contact information for Area Foresters within counties across the state of Tennessee.

Directory of Tennessee’s Forest Industries
The Directory of Tennessee’s Forest Industries is published by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division in cooperation with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the USDA Forest Service. It is a directory of primary and secondary wood-using industries that are located within the state of Tennessee. It is designed to help bring together growers, buyers and sellers of Tennessee forest products.
 

TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Organizational Chart

Organizational chart for the TN Division of Water Resources. Other organizational charts are made available by TDEC here
 

TN SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Soil Conservation Districts Map and List
This page contains a map and list of counties with links to county Soil Conservation District websites.

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
 

U.T. EXTENSION
Office Locations, Departments, and Centers
The map on this page links visitors to county Extension Office websites. 


U.T. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
UT Faculty and Staff with Expertise in Water
This page contains information on faculty and staff (by college) with water expertise at the University of Tennessee.
 

 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Nashville TN Office
SELC’s Nashville Office is bringing the expertise, power, and resources of this regional organization to the service of Tennessee. Under the direction of Anne Davis, managing attorney and the first lady of Nashville, our highly qualified and dedicated local team is closely coordinating with SELC’s law and policy experts throughout the region. Our Nashville office is in the newly renovated, LEED-certified Bridge Building.


STONES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Stones River Watershed Homepage

The watershed associations homepage features a map of the Stones River Watershed, stream gage information and contact information for area outfitters including Stones River Kayak Rental, Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation, and Nashville Parks and Recreation.
 

TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Greenbook Tennessee
A searchable list and map of environmental organizations across the state of Tennessee. 

Tennessee Green Business Network
A networking group for businesses and organizations in Tennessee to connect, learn, share resources and ideas. Founded by Tennessee Environmental Council. 


TENNESSEE SCENIC RIVERS ASSOCIATION
Watershed Associations
A list of watershed associations across Tennessee.