2017 Accomplishments – a big year
2017 was a tremendous year for the partnership, from getting snorkeling events going to recording video for upcoming movie shorts about the basin. Read more here.
Endangered Species Act protection not needed for sicklefin redhorse
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded the sicklefin redhorse doesn’t need to be placed on the Endangered Species list. Though long recognized by the Cherokee, this fish was discovered by science in the early 1990s. It is found in Swain, Jackson, Macon, Clay, and Cherokee counties, North Carolina, and Towns County, Georgia. For several years, it has been the subject of a focused conservation effort by
the Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Conservation Fisheries, Inc. An agreement signed earlier this year formalized the partnership and brought in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Duke Energy, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Read more. Read more.
Steering committee meeting – June 24 in Cherokee, N.C.
The Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Partnership semi-annual steering committee is coming up – Friday June 24. Check out the agenda for more details.
Citico Creek Dam Removed
Little Tennessee River basin partners American Rivers, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service come together to remove a dam on Tennessee’s Citico Creek, improving paddler safety and clearing the way for fish and other aquatic animals to move up- and downstream. Learn more at the American Rivers blog.
Citico Creek Buffalo Run on the Horizon
Each April Buffalo fish make a massive spawning run up East Tennessee’s Citico Creek, creating one of the most impressive animal spectacles in the Southern Appalachians. Check out this video of the event from Conservation Fisheries, Inc., and contact Jim Herrig at the Cherokee National Forest (423/476-9751) for information on how you can go watch the run.
Dam removed from Citico Creek
American Rivers, the U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service come together to remove a dam on Citico Creek in east Tennessee. Read more at: http://nooga.com/171335/citico-creek-after-50-years-a-river-restored/