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The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife, and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency

The mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.

The refuge has a good working relationship with TWRA on several projects including environmental education, law enforcement, and biological studies.

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited’s mission is habitat conservation.  That single mission has helped Ducks Unlimited become the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. Ducks Unlimited works with various partners including private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities.

Ducks Unlimited is a sponsor for the Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp Art and Writing Contest and they also assist the refuge with waterfowl impoundment enhancement projects.  

Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.   

Kentucky Dam was completed in 1944 by TVA. Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge was established the following year to manage the newly flooded lands adjacent to the Tennessee River.