Tennessee has been very successful leveraging limited conservation funds in the past
A recent example: When 1,575 acres were purchased to conserve the world-class wonder that is Virgin Falls State Natural Area, only $300,000 came from our State’s Land Acquisition Funds.
State funding leveraged $1.5 million from Federal Endangered Species Funding and $800,000 from private contributions.
Virgin Falls, on the Cumberland Plateau, comes out of a cave, drops 110’ and disappears into a cave, with no upstream or downstream.
For more information on how we leverage state and federal funds find a PDF explaining these programs in detail by clicking here.