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Scott Somershoe

Tennessee IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 5 2,381,121
State 22 238,723
Total 27 2,619,844

Initiated in 1997, the Tennessee Important Bird Areas Program, through the support of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has recognized 29 IBAs, three of which are complexes encompassing 27 specific sites. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be working with local Audubon chapters and birding organizations, including the Tennessee Ornithological Society, to develop conservation plans for some IBAs. Conservation plans are a critical component of the IBA program, providing Audubon, landowners, land managers and other stakeholders with a strategic approach for future conservation and habitat management activities. In addition to conservation plans, the program will work to actively engage the public in collecting standardized bird data at IBAs to better quantify the value of the sites. We hope to improve access to IBAs, through better trails and signs and to conduct small locally managed projects at these IBAs, which include establishing and monitoring bluebird and owl box trails. This proactive and science-based approach will allow much more effective use of resources to ensure that IBAs will remain important for birds not only for our generation, but for many generations to come

Site Name Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Arnold Air Force Base Recognized State Coffee, Franklin D1, D4i, D4iii, D5
Cumberland Plateau Forest Block Complex Recognized Global A3
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Merged Fentress, Morgan, Scott D1, D4i
Hop-In Refuge Recognized State Obion D4i, D4ii
Tigrett Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Crockett, Dyer, Gibson D4ii
Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Haywood D1
Wolf River Wildlife Management Area and Ghost River State Natural Area Recognized State Fayette D1
Land Between the Lakes Recognized State Stewart D1
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Stewart D4ii
Radnor Lake State Natural Area Recognized State Davidson D1, D4vii, D5
Old Hickory Lake Recognized State Davidson, Sumner, Wilson D4ii, D4iii
Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park and Shelby Park Recognized State Davidson D1, D4vii
Warner Parks Recognized State Davidson D1, D4vii, D5
Monsanto Ponds Recognized State Maury D1, D4i
Bark Camp Barrens Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Coffee D1
Dale Hollow Lake Merged Clay, Fentress, Overton D1, D4ii
Cumberland Mountains Recognized Global Anderson, Campbell, Morgan, Scott A3, D1, D4i, D5
Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area Merged State Morgan D1, D4i
Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area Merged Campbell, Scott
Sundquist Wildlife Management Area Merged Anderson, Campbell, Scott


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