Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America





Southern Appalachian Creature Feature Podcasts

  For more information about the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature, please contact:
Gary Peeples
160 Zillicoa St.
Asheville, NC 28801
828/258-3939, ext. 234

Master Stream Stewards

Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature.

The importance of streams, in general, and especially here in the mountains, can’t be understated. For many they’re the source of drinking water, and here in the mountains they’re a key part of our outdoor recreation culture, which in turn fuels an outdoor recreation economy. In western North Carolina, our streams are home to three endangered species – the Appalachian elktoe mussel, the littlewing pearlymussel, and the spotfin chub – a tiny fish found in the Little Tennessee River.

In the Southern Appalachians, rivers are common resources – they belong to all of us equally. This means responsibility for their well-being is shared by all. To help empower people to be good river stewards, the Henderson County Cooperative Extension office is offering a Master Stream Stewards program.

Modeled on the popular Master Gardener program, Master Stream Stewards is a series of seven, three-hour classes, meeting from 6:00 to 9:00 Wednesday nights from February 1 through March 14. Students will progress from an introduction to watersheds and what makes a healthy stream through classes on erosion, stormwater runoff, pond management, illicit discharges, water quality monitoring, and laws and programs protecting streams.

The course provides a solid background on stream health issues to landowners who want to be good stewards and community members who want to do a little something extra to help their streams.

The course cost $30.00, and will be held at the Henderson County Extension Center. To register, contact Diane Silver at 828/697-4891.

For WNCW and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this is Gary Peeples.





Last Updated: February 29, 2012