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Choctawhatchee River Basin Initiative

Choctawhatchee River Basin Initiative

A collaborative effort between the USFWS, Wiregrass RC&DNRCS and ADCNR has been developed to target and restore habitat threats within the Choctawhatchee River basin.  The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, along with NRCS cost share programs, will target problems affecting species in greatest conservation need and their habitats.  Projects will be selected based on identified sites that are of high priority in Geneva and Dale counties.  Projects include, but may not be limited to: streambank stabilization, establishment of riparian buffers, cattle exclusion and/or alternative watering sources for the benefit of high priority species, particularly the Federally Threatened Gulf Sturgeon.

The Choctawhatchee basin is home to 119 fish species and 25 mussels.  Recent surveys (1998-2000) documented 21 mussel species (GSA).

Species of Greatest Conservation Concern (GCN): 15

MUSSELS (8) 

 

Fluted Elephantear

P1

Southern Kidneyshell

P1

Southern Sandshell

P1

Choctaw Bean

P2

Downy Rainbow

P2

Fuzzy Pigtoe

P2

Tapered Pigtoe

P2

Rayed Creekshell

P2

FISHES (4)  

 

Ironcolor Shiner

P1

Gulf Sturgeon

P2

Alabama Shad

P2

Bluenose Shiner

P2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMPHIBIANS (2)

 

River Frog

P1

One-toed Amphiuma

P2

 

 

REPTILES (1)

Barbour's Map Turtle

P2

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

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