Hierarchical landscape models for endemic unionid mussels: Building Strategic Habitat Conservation tools for mussel recovery in the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative: Final Report
The southeastern U.S. supports high diversity of freshwater mussels; however, many of these species are in decline (Williams et al. 1993). Impacts from multiple sources, including land use change, conflicting water resource demands, and pollution have placed many species on the threatened and endangered list. Furthermore, changing temperature and precipitation patterns attributed to climate change are altering the aquatic landscape such that habitat suitable in the present may not be suitable in the future (Daraio & Bales 2014; Daraio et al. 2014). The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), together with partnering agencies through the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC), requested...