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Eastern hellbender Private Lands Biologists

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Supported by the USDA's Working Lands for Wildlife Program through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the CMI is working with Defenders of Wildlife and the state offices of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to promote eastern hellbender habitat restoration and conservation on private lands in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia by building relationships with landowners and communities in target watersheds.

Our four private lands biologists (PLBs) work with partners and landowners to improve riparian area condition and overall water quality within the project waterways through conservation actions focused on reducing non-point source pollution and sedimentation.