Snorkelers search for Hellbenders

2020 Annual Meeting Information

Cassius Cash Cassius Cash, Superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and thrilled to be back on his home turf and working on the land and with the communities of the Great Smoky Mountains. Since his arrival in the Great Smoky Mountains in February of 2015, Cash has experienced many great rewards as well as challenges. From hosting … Continue reading 2020 Annual Meeting Information

What’s the French Broad River Worth to Our Communities?

On any August Saturday afternoon, beer drinkers stand on the New Belgium patio looking down as scores, even hundreds, of tubers drift by on the French Broad River. It’s a scene that didn’t exist ten years ago, and one reflective of the increasing importance of the French Broad River. A newly-formed organization, the French Broad River Partnership, is leading the effort to put a monetary … Continue reading What’s the French Broad River Worth to Our Communities?

Wavyrayed lampmussel returns to the French Broad River

Asheville, North Carolina — As a trio of kids on inner tubes quietly floated down the French Broad River outside Rosman, North Carolina, a nearby snorkeler broke the river’s surface, disturbing the quiet with a quick clearing of water from his snorkel. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Jason Mays was searching the river bottom for 300 wavy-rayed lampmussels, freshwater mussels stocked by the Service … Continue reading Wavyrayed lampmussel returns to the French Broad River