Climate Change and Potential Impacts to Wildlife in Tennessee

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

Tennessee was one of eight states that acknowledged climate change as a primary challenge to conserving the state's wildlife populations. In addition, in 2009 the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency published this update to their Wildlife Action Plan "Climate Change and Potential Impacts to Wildlife in Tennessee."

This report is categorized by potential effects of climate change on various habitat types and specific wildlife populations, including the impacts on Tennessee's forests, birds, amphibians and reptiles, mammals, and "aquatics." The recommended adaptation strategies are adopted from the report "Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources" issued by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program/ USGCRP.

Publication Date: 2009

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  • Tennessee Wildife Resources Agency

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  • Adaptation plan

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