Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Natural and Cultural Preservation/Protecting Resources
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 regionís 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 areaís 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 itís a big part of TVAís job. Improving the quality of life in the Tennessee Valley cannot be accomplished
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. TVAís 49 dams in the region arenít just for power generation but also for flood control, navigation and land preservation.
Location. 34° 47.595′ N, 87° 37.581′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Reservation Road one mile east of Alabama Route 133, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at TVA's Visitor Center Kiosk. Marker is in this post office area: Muscle Shoals AL 35661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilson Dam: Setting the Stage (here, next to this marker); Building a New Future (here, next to this marker); TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation / A Valley of Hardships (here, next to this marker); TVA Goes to War TVA: Our Enduring Mission/Powering Prosperity (a few steps from this marker); Wilson Dam: Cornerstone of the TVA System (a few steps from this marker); Explore the River (a few steps from this marker); Gulls Glorious Gulls (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
Categories. • Environment • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.