About the Workgroup


The status of the seven species of freshwater mussels native to the Pacific Northwest has received very little attention, despite the fact that freshwater mussels are considered to be the most endangered group of animals in North America. On February 19, 2003, a workshop on freshwater mussels was held in Vancouver, Washington that consisted of presented papers and a panel discussion. The purpose of the workshop was to initiate discussion on the regional population status of freshwater mussels. The workshop was attended by 91 participants of very diverse backgrounds. From this meeting, the Pacific Northwest Native Freshwater Mussel Workgroup was founded.

Benefits of Membership

The workgroup provides a forum for communication and sharing of information and resources. With support from the chair, products can be used and developed under the name of the Workgroup if they meet the goals and objectives of the group and charter.


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Workgroup Chair:
Emilie Blevins, Conservation Biologist at Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Facebook and Website Committee:
Celeste A. Searles Mazzacano, Ph.D.
Teal Waterstrat
Alexa Maine