Meet the Managers: Issue 1
Plowing rows for native grass seed planting, Cades Cove.
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.
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Did You Know?
Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park.