Statewide analysis of brook trout (<i>Salvelinus fontinalis </i>) population status and reach-scale conservation priorities in West Virginia Watersheds
The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) was formed to implement range-wide strategies that sustain healthy, fishable brook trout populations. Hudy et al. (2006) recently completed a comprehensive analysis of eastern brook trout distributions representing a critical first step towards fully integrating brook trout conservation efforts in this region. This study was designed to supplement and complement existing data on brook trout distributions and status within West Virginia. We examined recently obtained data for the entire state to update the EBTJV distributional map published in Hudy et al. (2006). We then used fish sample data along with GIS-acquired landscape data to create models to predict and extrapolate brook trout distributions and population types within the historical distribution of brook trout within West Virginia. We also used these data to identify critical reach scale priorities for brook trout protection, restoration and enhancement.
0792: Aquatic sciences