The Southwestern Virginia Field Office of Virginia Ecological Services is located in Abingdon, Virginia.

About Us

The office is strategically located in the heart of the Upper Tennessee River Basin. Encompassing about 21,390 square miles, including the entire drainage of the Tennessee River and its tributaries upstream of Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Upper Tennessee River Basin is home to a diversity of fish and mussels that is unsurpassed in North America. The major tributaries of the Upper Tennessee River Basin include the Clinch (4,413 square miles), Holston (3,776 square miles), French Broad (5,124 square miles), Little Tennessee (2,627 square miles), and Hiwassee (2,700 square miles) rivers. The office cooperates with partners throughout the eastern U.S. to protect and recover aquatic threatened and endangered species and associated habitat within the Upper Tennessee River Basin.

Our Organization

A rocky shoreline of a river. The water is calm. Mist and green branches line the river.
The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...

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