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

West Virginia Project

Candy Darter status assessment of the lower Gauley River

April 2023 - December 2025


Participating Agencies

  • National Park Service

Biological monitoring of the Gauley River National Recreation Area (GRNRA) is of importance to the National Park Service relative to the federally endangered Candy Darter. This study involves a population assessment of the Candy Darter and water temperature monitoring. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, West Virginia University, and the National Park Service (NPS). Our results provide NPS with population information and habitat data relative to the conservation and management of the Candy Darter.