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Underwater structures like piles of rocks or rubber tires and sunken ships attract many varieties of fish which find shelter and food sources there. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission regularly \"stocks\" lakes and ponds across the state with discarded Christmas trees, brush piles, and dead trees. Sinking this material in lakes and ponds enhances the ability of these bodies of water to support game fish.
Brook trout have lived in North Carolina's mountain streams since the last ice age of 10,000 years ago. The Southern Appalachian-strain brook trout is the state's only native trout. However, their population has been declining because of development-related pollution and poor land management practices associated with agriculture. Besler discusses ways the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with other groups to ensure streams where the brook trout live are protected and restored.
The speckled trout, North Carolina's only native mountain trout, is now recognized by scientists as the Southern Appalachian strain of brook trout. The current distribution of this trout is greatly reduced from the period of the state's early settlers. Because of this, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has started a project to locate and identify all the speckled brook trout that remain in the state. DNA testing helps scientists differentiate between the native speckled trout and non-natives.