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  • Little Tennessee River recognized for native fish conservation

    October 14, 2015 | 4 minute read

    Tallassee, Tennessee — Recognizing its incredible diversity of stream life and years of efforts to conserve that diversity, the Little Tennessee River basin has been designated the nation’s first Native Fish Conservation Area. “The Native Fish Conservation Area designation reflects an integrated and cooperative approach to stream conservation,” said Trout Unlimited’s Damon Hearne. “We’re recognizing the importance of these streams to the region’s identity, and we’re committing to a collaborative approach to stream conservation that looks at the entire river basin, and incorporates biological needs and local community values into river management.  Learn more...

  • $425,000 in recovery funding to help restore wildlife habitat on Western North Carolina private lands

    November 10, 2009 | 3 minute read

    As part of the federal economic stimulus effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has awarded $425,000 in grants to three western North Carolina non-profits to help restore wildlife habitat on private lands. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council will use the funds for stream and wetland restoration projects on private lands in three of the Service’s priority areas: the Little Tennessee River watershed, the Upper French Broad River watershed, and the Upper Nolichucky River watershed — each home to federally endangered species.  Learn more...


  • A hand holding two orange/black mussels with gold plates with an identifying number.
    Information icon Appalachian elktoe from the Cane River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Appalachian elktoe conservation

    February 13, 2013 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, and to celebrate, we’re taking a closer look at some of the endangered species found in the Southern Appalachians. In a building at a state fish hatchery in Marion, North Carolina are a series of tubs with an elaborate piping network leading in and out. Within these tubs the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is working to rear some of North Carolina’s most endangered freshwater mussels in captivity, including the Appalachian elktoe mussel.  Learn more...

  • A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.
    Information icon North Carolina biologist TR Russ holding an sicklefin redhorse. Photo by Mark Cantrell, USFWS.

    Sicklefin redhorse conservation

    February 6, 2013 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature The Little Tennessee River runs wide and deep just below Emory Dam, outside Franklin North Carolina. In the late-morning sun on an April day, a jon boat plied the water back and forth. Protruding from the bow and dropping into the water was a pair of electrodes wired to an on-board generator. Perched in the bow was a biologist with a long-handled net waiting to scoop up fish stunned by the electric current flowing through the water.  Learn more...

  • A mussel with fringe around its opening partially burried in the sand on the river bottom.
    Information icon Appalachian elktoe in the Little River Translyvania County NC. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Stream stewards

    December 2, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript 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.  Learn more...

  • A river runs through a valley in fall.
    Little Tennessee River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    In-stream flows

    January 10, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. For years the water in western North Carolina’s Cheoah River was collected and piped overland to a power station on the neighboring Little Tennessee River, leaving behind a river bed fed by a trickle of water coming through the dam and water flowing in from downstream tributaries. One of the great conservation success stories of recent years has been the return of flow to that dewatered stretch of river, a commitment made by Alcoa as part of the deal struck to allow them to continue using the river to generate electricity.  Learn more...

  • Three biologists wearing wet suits snorkeling in a stream.
    Aquatic biologists snorkeling on the Oconaluftee River in North Carolina. Photo by Gary Peeples.

    Reintroduction of spotfin chub

    July 28, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The spotfin chub is an unassuming little fish – growing up to about four inches long, with an unimpressive appearance, save during the breeding season when males turn an iridescent blue on the upper side of their bodies. However, this tiny fish is on the federal endangered species list and one biologists are trying to reestablish in Western North Carolina’s Cheoah River.  Learn more...

  • A hand holds a tiny turtle with orange markings on either side of its neck.
    Young bog turtle in hand. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Stimulus money goes to help Appalachian wildlife

    February 2, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Money from the federal government’s stimulus package is coming to help wildlife in the Southern Appalachians. $425,000 in grants from the Fish and Wildlife Service will go to local non-profits to improve fish and wildlife habitat on private lands in western North Carolina. The Little Tennessee Watershed Association will receive $75,000 to restore aquatic organism passage along tributaries of the Little Tennessee River in Macon and Swain Counties.  Learn more...

  • A brownish/gold clam with horizontal striations.
    Information icon Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea). Photo by Derek Hudgins, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Asian mussels in the Little Tennessee River

    November 27, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Little Tennessee River between Franklin, North Carolina, and Fontana Reservoir is one of the best examples of a warm, Southern Appalachian river, with a surprising amount of its native fauna intact. Indeed, this stretch is home to three federally-protected animals- the Appalachian elktoe mussel, littlewing pearly mussel, and the spotfin chub, a tiny fish. State and federal biologists recently donned wetsuits, masks, and snorkels as part of an ongoing effort by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to keep tabs on the state of mussel populations in the river.  Learn more...

  • A colorful fall scene with a road cutting through.
    Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo by steviep187, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Blue Ridge Forever aims to protect Western North Carolina’s natural jewels

    January 2, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Today we’ll look at a push to protect some of the most important lands in Western North Carolina. The farming communities of Sandy Mush and Fairview in Buncombe County, the Appalachian Trail corridor, the Little Tennessee River Valley in Macon and Swain Counties. These are but three of the most important natural areas in Western North Carolina – important for their cultural, recreational, or biological significance.  Learn more...

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