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    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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March 25, 2015
Clingmans Dome Road to Open Early
Park officials announced plans to open Clingmans Dome Road this weekend beginning Friday, March 27 as weather permits.

March 24, 2015
Park Plans Controlled Burn in Cades Cove
Park fire management officials plan to conduct a controlled burn of an 80-acre field east of Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove. Weather permitting, burn operations will occur on Wednesday, March 25.

March 13, 2015
Park Plans Prescribed Burn near Cataloochee
Park fire management officials are planning a 550-acre prescribed burn in the Wash Ridge unit adjacent to Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina. Weather permitting, burn operations could begin as early as Wednesday, March 18th, and may continue intermittently through mid-April.

March 12, 2015
Park Seeks Oconaluftee Roving Volunteers
The park is recruiting volunteers to rove areas near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, North Carolina. Among other duties, volunteers provide information to visitors regarding safe wildlife viewing.

March 11, 2015
Laurel Falls Trail Temporarily Closed Due to Storm Damage
The park has received a significant amount of rain over the past week which has resulted in damage to the Laurel Falls Trail.

March 06, 2015
All Streams in the Smokies Now Open to Fishing
Lynn Camp Prong is open to fishing effective March 6, 2015 following a seven-year brook trout restoration project. The reopening of the 8.5 mile-stream sections marks the first time, since the park’s establishment in 1934, that all streams in the park are open to fishing.

March 05, 2015
Park Plans Prescribed Burn Northwest of Cades Cove
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park fire management crew plans to conduct a prescribed burn on a 1,876-acre forested area northwest of Cades Cove between March 9 and March 31, 2015. The Stony-Arbutus Ridge fire operations will occur over a period of several days. The total area to be burned is divided into three subunits that will be ignited separately as weather conditions allow.

January 06, 2015
Park Changes Firewood Regulations to Protect Forests
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced regulation changes that will help protect park forests by limiting the type of firewood brought into the park. Beginning in March 2015, only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and displays a certification stamp by the USDA or a state department of agriculture will be allowed for use in park campgrounds.

December 12, 2014
Chilogate Stream Restoration Underway near Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that work has begun through the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program to restore the lower 5,000 feet of Chilogate Creek near the Foothills Parkway and the confluence with Chilhowee Lake. The restoration work will return the stream to its original meandering path which will both enhance riparian wetland habitat as well as reducing the risk of undercutting by the current stream alignment along Happy Valley Road and the Ft. Loudon Utility lines.

December 08, 2014
Park Plans Alum Cave Trail Restoration
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the next full-scale, Trails Forever restoration will begin on Alum Cave Trail in 2015. The Trails Forever crew will focus restoration efforts on several targeted locations along the 5-mile trail to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail sections. The restoration work will require temporary trail closures throughout the 2-year process.

November 13, 2014
Collections Preservation Center Groundbreaking
National Park Service (NPS) officials were joined by representatives from Senator Bob Corker’s office, Representative John Duncan’s office, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Inc. to break ground on the new NPS Collections Preservation Center.

October 02, 2014
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Closes for Bridge Replacement
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will close for the season on the evening of October 31, 2014 and will remain closed until April 30, 2015 to replace eight bridges along the 5.5-mile, one-way roadway. The road will be closed to all public use including hiking and biking.

September 25, 2014
Park Closes Area Near Caves to Protect Declining Bat Populations
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the closure of the Whiteoak Sink area effective now through March 31 to limit human disturbance to bat hibernacula and help hikers avoid interactions with bats.

September 20, 2014
Smokies Rangers Provide Training for SE Asia Park Staff
Park rangers are helping to provide training this week for 10 park officials from Cambodia and Thailand.

August 22, 2014
National Park Service Celebrates 98th Birthday!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service on Monday, August 25. Park visitors are encouraged to participate in one of the many ranger-led programs at park visitor centers or enjoy exploring the park along a scenic roadway, trail, or river.

June 12, 2012
Historic Spence Cabin Open for Public Use
Spence Cabin in the Elkmont Historic District has been restored to its historic apperance and is available for day-use rental.

December 03, 2010
Contract Awarded to Continue Construction of Foothills Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the award of a $33.8 million contract to continue construction on the “Missing Link” of the Foothills Parkway


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