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  Pacific Northwest Native Freshwater Mussel Workgroup

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Freshwater Mussels The status of the seven species of freshwater mussels native to the Pacific Northwest has received very little attention, despite the fact that freshwater mussels are considered to be the most endangered group of animals in North America. On February 19, 2003, a workshop on freshwater mussels was held in Vancouver, Washington that consisted of presented papers and a panel discussion. The purpose of the workshop was to initiate discussion on the regional population status of freshwater mussels. The workshop was attended by 91 participants of very diverse backgrounds. From this meeting, the Pacific Northwest Native Freshwater Mussel Workgroup was founded.

The goal of the Workgroup is to "Ensure that freshwater mussel research, management, and educational activities are coordinated, prioritized, and are consistent with identified information needs." The Workgroup will meet at least four times annually.

Workgroup Charter
Goals and Objectives


Field Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of the Pacific Northwest 2nd Edition

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

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