Yanahli Wildlife Management Area



"The Yanahli Wildlife Management Area (WMA), within the Duck River watershed, is one of the most diverse destinations in Tennessee.  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has set aside this magnificent wilderness to be used by everyone from hikers to anglers to hunters to horseback riders to mountain bikers.


"In April 2002, the state of Tennessee transferred 12,600 acres of land near Columbia, Tennessee, to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  This land would eventually become the Yanahli WMA.  There are 2,100 acres included as state natural areas.  Yanahli is located in southern Middle Tennessee, about an hour's drive south of Nashville.  It is one of close to 90 WMA's across the state" ("TWRA Trail Ride").  


"A 2004 donation by General Motors to The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee will support that agency's work within the Duck River.  Some of the funds will be used to develop trails, parking, signs and kiosks within the 800 acres of Cheek's Bend in the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area" ("GM Donates to The Nature Conservancy," 2004).  




GM Donates to The Nature Conservancy.  General Motors Corporation, 2004.  Last available from the World Wide Web <http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/environment/partnerships/conservancy/tnc_110904.html>.


"TWRA Trail Ride."  Tennessee's Wild Side Episode 507.  Last available from the World Wide Web <http://www.tnwildside.org/stories.asp?Story=284>.


Duck River Complex:  Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area


"The Duck River Complex is a 2,135-acre natural area complex in Maury County that consists of six natural areas within the 12,800-acre Yanahli WMA.  It is managed by the TWRA as a WMA.  These natural areas nested within the WMA support federal and state listed species often associated with cedar glades, significant native plant communities or natural features such as subterrain karst caves, sinkholes, barrens, forests, and streams.  


"Included are 1):  Columbia Glade (327-acres); 2):  Moore Lane Glade (331-acres); 3): Sowell Mill (306-acres).  All of which are cedar glade ecosystems.  Rare plants found here include the federally endangered leafy prairie-clover (Dalea foliosa), limestone blue star (Amsonia tabernaemontana var. gattingeri), limestone fame-flower (Talinum calcaricum), Tennessee milkvetch (Astragalus tennesseensis), and glade cress (Leavenworthia exigua var. exigua); 4):  Howard Bridge Glade (321-acres) is comprised of cedar glade habitat, woodlands, and karst topography.  Duck River bladderpod (Lesquerella densipila) occurs here.  5):  Rummage Cave (50-acre) supports a rare woodrat population and the federally endangered gray bat (Myotis grisescens).  It is a short horizontal cave that terminates in five successive oval rooms about 15 feet high and 30 feet wide.  6):  Cheek Bend (800-acres) includes high quality representative cedar glades, scenic bluffs overlooking the Duck River, and extensive cedar and hardwood forests.


"The importance of the Duck River Complex is also enhanced because of its association with the Duck River State Scenic River.  There are thirteen miles of the 30-mile state scenic river corridor that flow through this 12,800-acre public land.  The Duck River is noted for rich faunal diversity, particularly the several federal endangered mussel species that occur there.  These natural areas were designated to assure that federal and state listed species were protected when TVA transferred the Columbia Dam lands to the state for public use.  There has not been public access developed for any of these six natural areas to date."




Duck River Complex:  Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area.  Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  Last available from the World Wide Web <http://www.state.tn.us/environment/nh/natareas/duckriv/>.


Interesting Facts About the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area

A Land of Cultural Heritage



Globally Significant Natural Treasure



Community Resource




Interesting Facts about the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area
.  Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Last available from the World Wide Web <http://www.state.tn.us/environment/columbialands/Yanahli1.pdf> and <http://www.state.tn.us/environment/columbialands/Yanahli2.pdf>.