The Cumberland Piedmont Network works with parks that contain tremendous cave ecosystems, including Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, the world's longest documented cave. These caves provide habitat for many endemic species, and several federally-listed species such as the Indiana bat, gray bat, and Kentucky cave shrimp. The aquatic ecosystems are also significant, and include the free-flowing Little River in Alabama, one of the cleanest and wildest waterways in the South. The terrestrial ecosystem is diverse, with globally rare communities such as the limestone glades at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Georgia and Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee, and the granite domes at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in North Carolina. Many forests contain tracts of unfragmented areas which support wildlife such as the black bear at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and unique wetland communities found in the floodplain forests of Shiloh National MIlitary Park in Tennessee.
Last updated: February 20, 2019