Michael Freake - Conservation of the Hellbenders in the Tennessee Valley
Eastern hellbenders are a giant salamander that relies on cool, well oxygenated rocky streams. They used to be widespread across the Tennessee, Ohio, Susquehanna and Ozark watersheds, but have since declined. We have been surveying in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest to help asses their status in the southern Appalachians. We have some healthy populations in our area, but even here hellbenders are threatened by stream disturbance and habitat fragmentation. We are now implementing a recovery action plan: translocations, captive breeding, disease monitoring, and habitat improvement.
E.O. Grundset, Lecture, Hellbenders, Michael Freake
Southern Adventist University, "Michael Freake - Conservation of the Hellbenders in the Tennessee Valley" (2016). E.O. Grundset Lecture Series. 29.