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Southern Region Threats

Challenges brook trout are facing in the Southern Region of the EBTJV.

Brook trout no longer occur in 40% of their historical range in the region. Researchers have identified a unique strain of brook trout called the southern Appalachian brook trout (SABT). This heritage strain is the keystone species of the southern Appalachians and is an important biologic, economic and recreational asset to the region. One special southern habitat is the valley spring creeks, where brook trout loss is nearly 100%. The remaining trout are generally isolated in the headwater streams, mostly on public lands.

Challenges in the South:

  1. Agriculture practices that increase sediment and water temperature
  2. Exotic fish
  3. Urbanization

Management Priorities:

  1. Protect existing brook trout from exotic competition
  2. Improve existing brook trout habitat
  3. Minimize land use impacts

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