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Tennessee IBA Contact

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 Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Arnold Air Force Base Recognized State Coffee, Franklin D1, D4i, D4iii, D5
Bark Camp Barrens Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Coffee D1
Big Bald Mountain Merged State Unicoi D1, D3, D4vi, D4vii, D5
Big Sandy Unit Merged State Henry, Stewart D1, D4i
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Merged Fentress, Morgan, Scott D1, D4i
Brainerd Marsh Recognized State Hamilton D1
Busseltown Unit Merged State Decatur, Perry D4ii
Cherokee National Forest (North) Merged Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
Cherokee National Forest (South) Merged State Blount, McMinn, Monroe, Polk D1, D3, D4vii, D5
Cherokee Wildlife Management Area (Rocky Fork Unit) Merged State Unicoi D1, D3
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge Merged State Lauderdale D1, D4ii, D4iii, D4v
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Stewart D4ii
Cumberland Mountains Recognized Global Anderson, Campbell, Morgan, Scott A3, D1, D4i, D5
Cumberland Plateau Forest Block Complex Recognized Global A3
Dale Hollow Lake Merged Clay, Fentress, Overton D1, D4ii
Densford Bar Merged State Shelby D1, D4i
Duck River Unit Merged State Benton, Humphreys D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi
Eagle Lake Refuge Merged State Shelby D1, D4ii
Ensley Bottoms Complex Merged State Shelby D1, D4ii, D4v
Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area Merged State Morgan D1, D4i


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