Monitoring federally listed mussels in the Little River watershed

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Monitoring federally listed mussels in the Little River watershed: The Little River is a major tributary of the Red River in southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Oklahoma. The section of the watershed including Little River and Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) support one of only four extant populations of the federally endangered Ouachita rock pocketbook mussel (Arkansia wheeleri)(USFWS 2012b, 2013b) and one of only five extant populations of the winged mapleleaf mussel (Quadrula fragosa). This area also supports the recently listed rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica) (USFWS 2012a) and has been proposed as critical habitat for the rabbitsfoot. These imperiled mussels are part of a rich aquatic community inhabiting the river, which is regionally and nationally significant (Matthews et al. 2005). Protection and recovery of the Little River¿s imperiled mussel populations requires monitoring to assess their status and the effectiveness of ongoing habitat management. This project is needed to develop a landscape-level mussel monitoring program and protocol development to verify management effectiveness and identify specific management needs for the Little River and Pond Creek NWRs. To support this effort, the goals of this project are: (1) to assess the status of imperiled mussel species in the Little River from below Pine Creek Reservoir to the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line and (2) to establish a survey protocol for monitoring the status of mussel species in the river in the future (USFWS 2013a). Final products will include a final report assessing the status of the Little River mussel community and a peer-reviewed survey protocol consistent with the Inventory and Monitoring policy. This project has been coordinated with and benefits the USFWS, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and the University of Oklahoma and will provide needed training to graduate students, as well as, refuge staff. USFWS staff will be substantially involved throughout the duration of this collaboration. USFWS will be actively involved in the conceptual development of this project, including identification of project objectives, selection of appropriate sampling design, data collection techniques, and analysis. USFWS staff will actively participate in data collection and oversight of data collection along with ensuring the protocol development is consistent with the Survey Protocol Handbook as per the National Inventory and Monitoring Policy. Finally, USFWS staff will review all results to determine suitability for use in guiding management activities.
Federal Grant Title: Monitoring federally listed mussels in the Little River watershed
Federal Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI-FWS)
Grant Categories: Natural Resources Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: F14AS00405
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.650
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: August 25th, 2014
Original Application Deadline: August 25th, 2014
Posted Date: August 19th, 2014
Creation Date: August 19th, 2014
Archive Date: August 18th, 2015
Total Program Funding: $100,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: August 19th, 2014
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Michelle L. Willcox, Grants Specialist, 505-248-7486
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