Initiatives

Hellbender Conservation in Tennessee

Logan Schmitt has created a limited edition Hellbender print and will be donating all of the proceeds directly to a brand new Hellbender conservation project in Tennessee. This project of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation will help a population of these imperiled amphibians hold on while we learn more about the threats they face. Please read this post to learn more about this important project and get yourself a print!

We are raising funds to expand an existing Hellbender conservation project into an additional stream located in the Western Highland Rim of Tennessee. We hope this expansion will help stabilize the population in this stream while we work to understand why they are declining.

How Will We Do It?

We will install a series of nest boxes within a Tennessee stream to provide critical habitat the Hellbenders there urgently need for nesting areas and hiding spots. Then we will initiate a health assessment and monitoring program to better understand why the Hellbender population is in trouble. Hellbender populations in the streams of middle Tennessee have experienced alarming declines over the past two decades. This project will occur in a small stream in the Western Highland Rim of Tennessee. Our target stream contains only large adult salamanders, an important clue that the Hellbender population is declining, probably because they are not reproducing successfully. Our conservation efforts will aim to bolster this population by improving the chances of reproduction as well as increasing the survival of hatchling Hellbenders. Read more here!