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Wilbur Reservoir Land Management Plan

Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. Wilbur Reservoir is one of seven tributary reservoirs included in the Northeastern Tributary RLMP project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in June 2010.

Wilbur Reservoir is located 2 river miles north of Watauga Dam along the Watauga River in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachian Mountains.

The area around Wilbur Dam is home to wildlife such as beavers, goldeneye ducks, and other waterfowl. Wilbur Dam is popular for trout fishing as well as rafting below the dam.

Scope

The scope of the Wilbur RLMP is 57.9 acres of the 4,932 total acres of TVA public land in the Northeastern Tributary RLMP. The Wilbur RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. The reservoir property is divided into six parcels, and each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land uses within each land planning zone are available here.

Wilbur Reservoir Land Management Plan

Maps

Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:

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Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Wilbur Reservoir has been allocated for certain land
uses as summarized in the table below.

Allocation Designation*

 Acreage

Zone 2

Project Operations

48.4

Zone 3

Sensitive Resource Management

0.0

Zone 4

Natural Resource Conservation

 9.5

Zone 5

Industrial

0.0

Zone 6

Developed Recreation

 0.0

Zone 7

Shoreline Access

0.0

Total

57.9

*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process.

Environmental Review

TVA’s land planning methodology incorporates the environmental review process established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made.

Northeastern Tributary Reservoirs Environmental Review

It is important to note that RLMPs are programmatic plans that designate potential allowable land uses as defined in the land use zone definitions and do not involve specific land actions. TVA would complete an appropriate site-specific environmental review prior to proposed development or activity on TVA public land.