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NFC: Creek Restoration Update......
Peggy forwarded your letter to J.R. and to me for a reply... To
you up to date:
In May this year we stocked an additional 3500 spotfin chubs, 60
madtoms, 80 smoky madtoms, and 150 duskytail darters at five sites in
Creek. In later monitoring surveys, we saw good numbers/unit effort of
four species (indicating good survivorship), and both nests and
year (wild reproduction) of smoky madtoms and duskytail darters at more
one locality spanning several kilometers of the creek. We have not seen
evidence of reproduction of spotfin chubs (and only once or twice with
yellowfins), but this is the first year that we have seen adult chubs,
some males near breeding coloration, late in the season following
earlier in the year. We fully expect to see breeding males next year and
to observe recruitment as well!
As far as stocking other species goes, these are the only ones that have
federal status and, therefore, funding for reintroductions at this point.
is the stated policy of the Park Service to try to restore all natives,
at CFI would very much like to eventually see the entire native
of Abrams Creek restored someday, but it has to be considered a lower
than recovering more imperiled species at this time.
One other tidbit of very good news is that we observed for the first
15+ years) that yellowfin madtoms are expanding their range downstream
extirpated reach of Citico Creek. We feel at least partially responsible
this as a result of augmentation stockings we have carried out just
in years when the population had declined in the past.
Hope this answers your questions. Feel free to ask for any additional
After looking at NFC's gallery, I bet we could supply pics of additional
species (J.R.?) like boulder darters, etc.
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