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Dispatches from the Field: Issue 1

Late fall leaves.

The end of fall at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

NPS photo.

Resource Roundup: Scan highlights of this month’s scientific projects and findings

Meet the Managers: Vegetation Management and Science

Focus On… Changing landscapes: restoring native communities & monitoring forest dynamics

  • Introduction to Changing Landscapes
  • NPS Profile: Read about NPS Resource Managers Restoring Native Grassland Communities in Cades Cove
  • Partner Profile: Read about NPS Partners Mapping Change: Monitoring Forest Dynamics
  • Links to… information about the month’s topic, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school… information about education & experience needed to become an expert in each month’s field

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Did You Know?

Marbled salamanders are one of 30 salamander species native to the park.

There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...