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Restoration of Longleaf Pine Habitat

Total Grant Request: $300,000.00
ARRA Program: Habitat Enhancement, Restoration and Improvement (15.656)
Status of Grant: Awarded (9/21/09)
Project Summary/Goals:
This Cooperative Agreement is being implemented in order to facilitate the restoration of longleaf pine habitat on sites where longleaf pine was the dominant tree before European settlement in the United States. The Agreement places particular emphasis on restoring sites that add to existing tracts of longleaf pine, and sites that provide interconnectivity between discontinuous forest tracts, allowing genetic exchange between species that depend on the longleafpine ecosystem for survival. This project will foster landscape level ecosystem restoration for the longleaf pine community and will help build partnerships among the A WFF, the Service, and private landowners.

Sept 2012 Land Owner Incentive - Longleaf Pine Restoration Report (FINAL)

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Survey for Heavy Pigtoe

Total Grant Request: $76,000.00
ARRA Program: Habitat Enhancement, Restoration and Improvement (15.656)
Status of Grant: Awarded (5/3/2010)
Project Summary/Goals:
Free-flowing reaches of the Alabama River are home to some of the best remaining large-river mussel habitat, along with some of the densest populations known. Among these mussel beds occurs the Heavy Pigtoe Mussel (Pleurobema taitianum), which is a federally endangered species and currently known only from a short reach just upstream of Selma. Current density of the Heavy Pigtoe is very low (e.g. 8 hours, 48 minutes of bottom time was required to find 10 individuals in 2004). The exact dimensions of the mussel bed in which Heavy Pigtoes occur have not been determined. To gauge the status of this population, the bed should be delineated and sampled quantitatively. Such information would allow an estimation of population size for the Heavy Pigtoe. All individuals encountered would be measured and aged if possible (age estimates from external growth annuli, but are sometimes not possible in older individuals) to provide data for population demographics. This study would provide a baseline for routine monitoring. For comparison, an additional series of Alabama River mussel beds would be delineated and sampled in a like manner, at least one in each of the four reaches (just downstream of Coosa/Tallapoosa confluence, R.F. Henry Dam tailwaters, Millers Ferry Dam tailwaters and Claiborne Dam tailwaters).

Sept 2012 Heavy Pigtoe Mussel Survey (FINAL)

Comprehensive Survey of Alabama River for Tulotoma Snail

Total Grant Request: $64,000.00
ARRA Program: Habitat Enhancement, Restoration and Improvement (15.656)
Status of Grant: Awarded (5/3/2010)
Project Summary/Goals:
The Tulotoma Snail (Tulotoma magnifica) is a species endemic to the Mobile Basin that occurs primarily in large-river habitats. It was once thought to have gone extinct but is now known to occur in several sites in Alabama and Coosa rivers, as well as lower reaches of a few large tributaries. Tulotoma was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1991. However, the species has been incidentally found at four Alabama River sites over the past few years during surveys for mussels and other snail species. The specific habitat occupied by Tulotoma, fields of large boulders under which it lives, makes it difficult to find unless it is the target of a dedicated search. Thus, with no such survey since the Alabama River was impounded, its status is virtually unknown in the river. The distinctive Tulotoma habitat should be visible using side-scan sonar, so use of such equipment will greatly enhance efficiency during the survey. The entire length of Alabama River (300 miles) will be systematically scanned for suitable habitat, followed by searches by one or more divers where warranted. The searches will be qualitative, but all Tulotoma encountered will be counted and bottom time recorded to provide comparative catch-per-unit-effort data among sites. Incidental collections of non-protected species will be made and deposited in a curated museum.

Sept 2012 Tulotoma Snail Survey (FINAL)

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