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Current Field Projects

picture of bald eagleThe TVA Natural Heritage Project conducts fieldwork aimed at protecting threatened and endangered species and environmentally sensitive areas on public land administered by TVA.

Activities carried out by the project’s staff members include monitoring species populations, educating the public, and managing and maintaining habitats, including caves at TVA-managed sites. They also conduct seasonal nature walks at TVA Natural Areas.

Current species-monitoring projects and their locations are listed here:



Mountain skullcap monitoring
(Scutellaria montana)


Hamilton & Marion counties, Tennessee


Ruth’s golden aster monitoring
(Pityopsis ruthii)


Along the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers


Green Pitcher Plant (assist the Nature Conservancy) (Sarracenia oreophile)


Towns County, Georgia

 Terrestrial animals


Winter bald eagle survey
(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Norris Reservoir


Breeding bald eagle survey (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Tennessee River Watershed


Gray bats
(Myotis grisescens)


• Caves on TVA-managed lands
• Annual gray bat maternity cave survey


Indiana bats
(Myotis sodalis)


Tennessee River Watershed


Aquatic animals


Spring pygmy sunfish
(Elassoma alabamae)


Limestone County, Alabama





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