Natural and Cultural Preservation
TVA is fully committed to protecting our natural and cultural resources. And nowhere is that more evident than right here at Wilson Dam.
Here, the 25-acre Old First quarters Small Wild Area showcases the region's natural beauty. Every year, people come from miles around to enjoy its impressive array of spring wildflowers. The area is also home to a variety of woodland birds and several species of fish. Among anglers, this region is known as the Smallmouth Capitol of the World for the trophy Smallmouth Bass frequently caught in local waters. The area's plentiful small creeks also make this an ideal habitat for the walking fern—a rarity in Alabama.
Throughout the region, TVA is dedicated to the respect and protection of Native American resources, archaeological sites, artifacts, human remains and traditional cultural areas. Vastly rich in Native American historical and cultural importance, the TVA service area contains nearly 11,500 documented archaeological sites, many of which are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Managing needs for the benefit of all species is a challenging task. But it's a big part of TVA's job. Improving the quality of life in the Tennessee Valley cannot be accomplished
without managing and protecting the natural resources shared by all living things in the region.
TVA maintains public parks, hiking trails, campgrounds, boat ramps. Picnic pavilions and swimming areas throughout the region. These efforts include cooperation with state and federal wildlife refuge operators to protect natural habitats.
Environmental stewardship also includes ensuring water quality and supply for human consumption and for the sustainable use of an entire ecosystem. TVA's 49 dams in the region aren't just for power generation but also for flood control, navigation and land preservation.