Northern Appalachian Research Branch
The Northern Appalachian Research Branch (NARB) provides research support for management of fisheries and aquatic resources for federal lands within the Department of the Interior (National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management), migratory species, inter-jurisdictional species, endangered species, invasive species, and species of cultural importance to Native Americans. The NARB boasts an outdoor raceway system, wet and dry labs, library, and conference facilities. With an ample supply of water, the facility is able to perform large-scale laboratory and field research. The NARB maintains a diversified research program in aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, landscape ecology, genetics, and environmental chemistry with an emphasis on the integration of laboratory and field studies to develop scientifically sound approaches to the management of aquatic ecosystems. Research can support any national resource, but primary emphasis is placed on the northern Appalachian region, mid-Atlantic coastal river systems (Chesapeake Bay Drainage, Delaware River Drainage), and the lower Great Lakes.