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Sauta Cave (Blowing Wind Cave) Habitat Enhancement Project

Jackson County, Alabama

On July 7, 2014, TVA issued an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact for its proposal to eradicate invasive vegetation at and near the entrance of the Sauta Cave (Blowing Wind Cave) on North Sauty Creek in the Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Jackson County, Alabama.  The primary objective of the proposal is to protect and enhance the habitat for the Indiana and gray bats that utilize the cave.  The cave entrance is becoming overgrown with English Ivy, creating a curtain which is beginning to impact the entrance and exit flights of the bats.  The project would also benefit the habitat of the Price’s potato bean and the Cumberland rosinweed.  This project is part of an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to improve the habitat for certain threatened and endangered species of plants and animals in the Wheeler NWR complex in Northern Alabama.  


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Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 880 kb)
Environmental Assessment (PDF, 1 mb)


For more information or a copy of the documents, contact:
Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902-1401
Phone: 865-632-8051



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