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Steve Fraley, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, discusses a crayfish with Erin McCombs, American Rivers | by USFWS/Southeast
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Steve Fraley, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, discusses a crayfish with Erin McCombs, American Rivers

Aquatic biologists and stream conservationists who work in the Little Tennessee River basin recently came together on the Oconaluftee River, in Cherokee, North Carolina, to learn more about hosting public snorkeling events. Jim Herrig, of the Cherokee National Forest, started public snorkeling programs in the Conasauga River basin as a way to connect people with the incredible diversity of aquatic life in Southern Appalachian streams. This outing was an opportunity for Jim to pass his knowledge on to others, as snorkeling programs emerge across the area.

 

Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS

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Taken on June 24, 2016