A strategic path forward for mussel conservation in the state of Missouri
July 2015 - July 2025
- Missouri Department of Conservation
Our overarching goal is to propose a strategic framework to guide state-level mussel conservation programs. To do so, we first document current state-level management actions, strategies, and resources used to manage freshwater mussels through an online survey of personnel from state natural resource agencies. Second, we detail our mussel conservation assessment strategy and describe its proposed implementation in the state of Missouri. With full understanding of the resource limitations and challenges to mussel conservation, we explore the potential of our approach to improve the effectiveness of mussel conservation efforts through strategic planning and implementation of restoration actions.