FRANKLIN, N.C. – There’s no shortage of creeks and streams in North Carolina to enjoy this weekend, but while
exploring, experts advise outdoor enthusiasts to take care before moving rocks and changing habitat.
The rocks and area surrounding them provide natural homes for insects, frogs and salamanders, and Jason Meader, aquatics program manager with Mainspring Conservation Trust, says innocent disturbances from curious explorers have an impact.
“When you move those rocks, when you disturb those to a large extent, you dislodge the insects, they drift downstream and, over time, with enough impact, you could probably notice a degradation in that area,” he explains.
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