Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Tennessee
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Tennessee Project

An analysis of habitat use and suitability of Abrams Creek for reintroduction of the Blotchside Logperch (Percina burtoni) to complement ongoing genetic studies

January 2018 - January 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

The purpose of this proposed project is to provide guidance for the ongoing reintroduction of the Blotchside Logperch into Abrams Creek. Although within the species’ former range, isolation due to the Chilhowee Reservoir from source populations make it highly improbable Blotchside would independently recolonize Abrams Creek. Further, changes in habitat configurations since the 1950s may have altered the suitability of this system for logperch, highlighting the need for an assessment to insure enough adequate habitat is in Abrams Creek to sustain a logperch population and make ongoing reintroduction efforts worthwhile.

Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Cary, J.B. 2022. Habitat Associations of Blotchside Logperch (Percina burtoni) in the Little River, Tennessee, and the Availability of Preferred Habitats in Abrams Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. MS Thesis, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. December 2022