Spring Road Status
During spring, park roads may close due to ice, especially at high elevation where wet roads can freeze as temperatures drop at night. For road status information call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Meet the Managers: Issue 1
This month, meet the people and projects in Vegetation Management. When you come to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you see spruce and fir on the highest ridges, oaks, maples, and rhododendron on the long slopes, and around your feet, ferns, mosses, and flowers. Clearly, it takes a lot of effort—and a lot of people—to make sure all of these ecosystems are healthy.
What is vegetation management? With the help of scientists in the Park’s Inventory & Monitoring program, vegetation managers monitor forests, grassy balds, meadows, and wetlands over time. They work to eliminate or control invasive species, restore landscapes altered by agriculture, and re-vegetate disturbed areas with native plant species.
Who manages the park’s vegetation? Vegetation managers include foresters, biologists, and horticulturalists.
What projects are Vegetation Managers working on now? Click each title for a brief description.
Return to main Dispatches from the Field: Issue 1 page.
Did You Know?
Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...