Forest Habitat Restoration

tree planting 2  TWRA has an active program in restoring bottomland hardwood forests in West Tennessee. Prior to 2001, success was elusive due to poor quality and poorly adapted seedlings. Planting large, high quality seedlings is an essential component of any artificial regeneration effort as large seedlings perform better against competing vegetation. Adoption of recommendations from the University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program, to use large, high quality seedlings grown from local seed sources, caused a dramatic change in overall survival and subsequent growth of TWRA plantings.

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Working with the East Tennessee State Nursery, TWRA foresters and wildlife managers now successfully restore 500-1000 acres of bottomland hardwoods per year on TWRA-owned lands. These new forests will provide habitat and mast to ensure sustainable management of various wildlife species for the benefit of Tennessee citizens and visitors.

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 Landowners can purchase large, high quality seedlings for some tree species from the East Tennessee State Nursery by viewing the catalog and printing out the order form (large seedlings are listed under “Std. Hardwoods Large Diameter” and “Prem. Hardwoods Lrg. Diameter”). Regular-size seedlings are also available, in a greater variety of species.

For more information about species availability, seedling sizes, and other related questions you can call toll free: 1-877-TN TREES (868-7337) or e-mail John Conn at



Maness Swamp Refuge (Established 4/19/2002)

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