Who are we? Introduction to the FMCS

The Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) is dedicated to the conservation of and advocacy of freshwater mollusks, North America's most imperiled animals. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks who supports the stated purposes of the Society which are as follows: 1) Advocate conservation of freshwater molluscan resources, 2) Serve as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks, 3) Promote science-based management of freshwater mollusks, 4) Promote and facilitate education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems, 5) Assist with the facilitation of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels (Journal of Shellfish Research, 1999, Volume 17, Number 5), and a similar strategy under development for freshwater gastropods.


FMCS Organizational History

The FMCS traces it's origins to 1992 when a symposium sponsored by the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, USFWS, Mussel Mitigation Trust, and Tennessee Shell Company brought concerned people to St. Louis, Missouri to discuss the status, conservation, and management of freshwater mussels. This meeting resulted in the formation of a working group to develop the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels and set the ground work for another freshwater mussel symposium. In 1995, the next symposium was also held in St. Louis, and both the 1992 and 1995 symposia had published proceedings. Then in March 1996, the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Research Association (MICRA) formed a mussel committee. It was this committee (National Native Mussel Conservation Committee) whose function it was to implement the National Strategy for the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels by organizing a group of state, federal, and academic biologists, along with individuals from the commercial mussel industry.
In March 1998, the NNMCC and attendees of the Conservation, Captive Care and Propagation of Freshwater Mussels Symposium held in Columbus, OH, voted to form the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society. In November 1998, the executive board drafted a society constitution and voted to incorporate the FMCS as a not-for-profit society.
In March 1999, the FMCS held it's first symposium "Musseling in on Biodiversity" in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during which the Society By-Laws were voted upon and were formally adopted on June 23, 1999. The symposium attracted 280 attendees; proceedings from that meeting are available for purchase.
The second symposium was held in March 2001 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third in March 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the fourth in St. Paul, Minnesota in May 2005, the fifth in Little Rock, Arkansas in March 2007, the sixth in Baltimore, Maryland in April 2009, and the seventh in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2011. The society also holds workshops on alternating years, and produces a newsletter three times a year.


FMCS Officers for 2013 - 2015
President
Patricia Morrison

President Elect
Teresa Newton

Secretary
Greg Zimmerman

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
Ohio River Islands NWR
3982 Waverly Road
Williamstown, WV 26187
304-375-2923 x124



patricia_morrison@fws.gov


U.S. Geological Survey
Upper Midwest Environ. Science Center
2630 Fanta Reed Rd.
Lacrosse, WI 54603
608-781-6217


tnewton@usgs.gov
EnviroScience, Inc.
6751 A-1 Taylor Rd.
Blacklick, Ohio 43004





gzimmerman@enviroscienceinc.com
Past President
Caryn Vaughn
  Treasurer
Heidi L. Dunn
Oklahoma Biological Survey
University of Oklahoma
111 E Chesapeake
St. Norman, OK 73019

cvaughn@ou.edu
  Ecological Specialists, Inc.
1417 Hoff Industrial Park O'Fallon,
MO 63366
636-281-1982 Fax: 0973

Hdunn@ecologicalspecialists.com