About Us

The Tennessee Field Office is a leader in conserving Tennessee's imperiled species and their habitats, ensuring that sustainable populations of fish, wildlife, and plants continue to thrive for future generations.  Our team is involved in conservation throughout the state, focusing on recovery of over 100 threatened and endangered species, with the majority occurring in central and east Tennessee.  Working with others, we have demonstrated success in fulfilling the purposes of the Endangered Species Act, conserving ecosystems and recovering multiple species to the point that the protection of the Endangered Species Act is no longer necessary. 

Field office biologists have developed expertise in imperiled species and key habitats of Tennessee including:

  • Streams, rivers and wetlands
  • Caves, mines, and other bat habitat
  • Grassland and other habitats important for pollinators and rare plants

Our Mission

The conservation of our nation’s most imperiled species is at the heart of our office’s work. Working with partners, we deploy a three-pronged approached to imperiled species conservation:

  • Habitat management – We work to improve habitat, which can range from identifying and eliminating sources sources of water pollution to encouraging the development of pollinator habitat.
  • Population management – We support efforts to hold, propagate, and rear rare species in captivity, and stock captively-raised individuals into appropriate habitat in the wild.
  • Education – We use a variety of tools, including both digital and traditional media and environmental education to provide a deeper understanding our most imperiled species and special habitats.