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  • A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet.
    Information icon School of jumping silver carp. Photo by Ryan Hagerty, USFWS.

    A war in the water

    March 19, 2018 | 8 minute read

    Eastport, Mississippi — This stretch of the Tennessee River is considered the most aquatically biodiverse in the nation, teeming with sportfish and at-risk snails and mussels. Locals boast that Pickwick Lake, where Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee come together, is “the smallmouth bass capital of the world.” Catfish and buffalo fill commercial angler’s nets. Marinas lining the reservoir’s roads attest to Pickwick’s huge economic impact. Yet the Tennessee River, and a way of life, is under siege.  Learn more...

  • Heavy machine operator Rick Campbell wearing a hard hat.
    Rick Campbell hammers away at the decripit dam. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS>

    Cecil, Campbell, and the Southeast Region’s vision

    August 22, 2016 | 3 minute read

    A day after the Fit for the Future of Conservation training workshop wrapped up, Ricky Campbell, project leader for Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery, headed northeast from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to just outside Brookford, North Carolina, where he and a team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees would begin to take down the Shuford Mills Dam. This team was getting ready to put this new vision to work. During the four-hour drive to Brookford, Campbell couldn’t quit thinking about the discussions triggered by the training around the vision, aligning our work for the future, and setting ourselves up to execute the work needed to make the vision real.  Learn more...

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