Help protect the flora and fauna of the Emory River Watershed by being aware of your surroundings, properly disposing of your waste, and respecting the environment  in your own back yard. 

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Fish & Mussles:


Spotfin Chub

The beautiful Eastern Hemlock tree is a native evergreen to the Emory River Watershed. Hemlocks cover nearly half of the Obed Wild and Scenic River Park and are currently in danger of being killed in masses by the hemlock wooly adelgid. 

Find out more about ticks here.

Poison Ivy

Courtesy: USDA

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Fence lizards are found in a number of habitats including woodlands, grasslands and shrublands, but they usually stick to areas with trees. They spend most of their days basking on fence posts, trees, stumps and rocks, and they crawl into rock crevices or go underground at night.

read more from the original source (National Wildlife Federation)

Find out more about poison ivy here.

 The purple bean mussel, named for its small bean-like shape and beautiful purple nacre (inside surface of the shell). Historically, the purple bean was never widely distributed and populations were known to exist in only a few rivers and streams in the upper Tennessee River watershed in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Today, these populations are either gone or disappearing. The species was listed as a federally endangered species in 1997.

read more from the original source (USFWS)

The fire pink is a small, yet beautiful, wildflower native to the southeast. The brilliant flowers attract the ruby-throated hummingbirds, which are one of the primary pollinators for the species. 

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Fire Pink

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Credit: Roger Akre



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Courtesy: USFWS

Once widespread throughout the eastern United States, this species is now only found in five isolated tributary systems; Duck River and very small segment of the Buffalo River; Emory River system (including the Obed River, Clear Creek, and Daddys Creek), Morgan, Cumberland, and Fentess counties, Tennessee; North Fork Holston River; South Fork Holston River; and Little Tennessee River.

read more from the original source (IUCN Redlist)

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Blackburnian Warbler

Credit: Gary P. Fleming

 This beautiful little bird can be spotted through the Emory River Watershed during its annual migration. Nesting in conifer trees such as hemlocks and sometimes nesting in hardwoods, Frozen Head State Park is the perfect stop over destination for the Blackburnian warbler. 

read more about it

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Credit: Daniel Schwen

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Credit: Matt Niemiller


Only found in the middle of the Cumberland Plateau, the Cumberland Dusky Salamander is one of the reasons the Emory River Watershed is so valuable. Without the habitat of this watershed, the Cumberland Dusky may not be in existence today. 

read more about the Cumberland Dusky Salamander

Trees & Shrubs:

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Dangerous Flora & Fauna:

Timber rattlesnake

Cumberland Dusky Salamander

Credit: Edward J. Wozniak, D.M.V., Ph.D.

Credit: Martin Wood

Credit: Martin Wood

Eastern Fence Lizard

The Emory River Watershed is home to a rich diversity of incredible flora and fauna, including two federally listed threatened and endangered species, the spotfin chub (Erimonax monachus) and the purple bean mussel (Villosa perpurpurea).

The health and quality of our rivers is crucial to the survival of these species as well as many others. Not only is the protection of the Emory River Watershed necessary for the well-being of many species of plants and animals, but it also crucial to our health as we obtain our drinking water from these rivers. 

Eastern Hemlock

Emory River Watershed Association

The Bobcat, which is a stealthy hunter aided by keen eyesight, hearing, and a well developed sense of smell, is the most common and widely distributed wildcat in North America. It can be found all across Tennessee.

read more from the original source (TN Watchable Wildlife)

Yellow jackets

Purple Bean Mussel



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