Managing the natural resources at Land Between the Lakes requires the efforts of dedicated employees and many partners, including contractors, non-profit and for-profit entities, volunteers, and land management agencies across all levels of government. By working together, these partnerships help us sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of our forests and open lands to meet the needs of present and future generations,
Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board
The Land Between the Lakes Protection Act of 1998 transferred responsibility for Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area from the Tennessee Valley Authority to the Secretary of Agriculture to be managed as a unit of the National Forest System. The Protection Act called for the establishment of the Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board to advise on environmental education issues and also helps promote public participation in their land and resource management planning processes.
Partnerships at Land Between the Lakes
Partnerships are crucial to managing national forest resources and increasing our stewardship capacity by connecting people within communities and meeting mutual natural resource goals. Today, collaboration has become essential to fulfilling the Forest Service mission of “caring for the land and serving people”. The Forest Service works in partnership with public agencies, private organizations, Tribes, watershed groups, volunteer organizations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and individuals to manage national forest resources. These include water, fish, trees, soil, trails, roads, terrestrial habitats, invasive weeds, and more!
Multiple and dynamic partnerships between the Forest Service and other entities come in the form of agreements, grants, contracts, and volunteer commitments for specific projects or tasks needed to keep our forests healthy and active.
Below are a few examples of partners who help us achieve our mission:
Contracting at Land Between the Lakes
New contract projects between $10,000 and $25,000 are posted in lobby at Land Between the Lakes Administration Office bulletin board. Any project over $25,000 is posted on SAM.gov. All vendors must be registered at SAM.gov, prior to any contract being awarded.
The Forest Service employs a variety of procedures when purchasing and contracting. These procedures are governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the USDA Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (AGAR) and are available online.