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Monday, November 2 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Restoring Aquatic Habitats and Recovering Species One SHU at a Time

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Jeffrey R. Powell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Patrick E. O’Neil, Geological Survey of Alabama; Paul D. Johnson, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; William Pearson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Daphne, Alabama

Alabama’s rivers are recognized for their freshwater biodiversity with more than 310 native fishes, 180 mussels, 160 snails, and 85 crayfishes, many of which are critically imperiled. In an effort to conserve this unique fauna, preserve watershed health and integrity, improve water quality, and most importantly, build trust among the citizens of Alabama; the Alabama Rivers and Streams Network (ARSN) has identified 51 high priority watersheds known as Strategic Habitat Units (SHU). SHUs focus conservation activities on Alabama’s more than 225 listed and imperiled fishes, mussels, snails, and crayfishes. SHUs are primarily based on the number and presence of federally listed and state priority species, but they also consider the number and magnitude of threats (e.g., presence of barriers), the presence of designated critical habitat(s), and the presence of key habitat components required for individual species. Goals of the SHU process can be broken down into four major areas: assessment, restoration, recovery, and monitoring. Assessment activities are conducted by ARSN members to develop a basic understanding/baseline of current conditions; habitat restoration efforts are implemented by working with landowners, agencies, NGOs, and industry; species restoration is achieved through propagation and culture, followed by reintroductions into areas of their former range; and monitoring is continually conducted to track the stage of the project.

Monday November 2, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm EST
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