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Tennessee uses State Wildlife Grants to help restore Lake Sturgeon
Last April 2012, State Wildlife Grants funded the reintroduction of 30 Lake Sturgeon in Tennessee. The Lake Sturgeon is listed as a species of greatest conservation need in the Tennessee Wildlife Action Plan. Extirpated from Tennessee since 1960, the Lake Sturgeon population has increased to 115,000 thanks to the Saving the Sturgeon program. Now it has 30 more. With the help of 5th-10th graders, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency & the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute are connecting kids with nature while helping to restore a state-endangered species. The goal of the reintroduction program is see Lake Sturgeon one day have a self-sustaining population in the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers.