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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?

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...