• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

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Resource Roundup: January, 2009

This month’s resource roundup will include projects happening in January, 2009 as well as some projects that began in fall, before the “Dispatches from the Field” started. Click on each Resource Management Program to learn about some of their projects.

Air Quality

  • Light at night: monitoring light from communities surrounding the park

Cultural Resources & Archeology

  • 10,000 years in the Smokies: the condition of archeological sites in the Park
  • Archeology and fire: conducting surveys prior to prescribed fires


  • Prescribing fire


  • Brook trout genetics
  • Does fishing reduce fish populations?
  • A new way to remove non-native invasive fish from National Park waters: using antimycin A against non-native invasive rainbow trout
  • You can read about how the biologists applied antimycin A
  • Acidic storms

Inventory & Monitoring

  • The moths that make up birds’ meals: DNA “bar-codes” used to identify prey of the Whip-poor-will
  • Rare species and pollution in Abrams Creek: creating a baseline


  • Control and study of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: protecting hemlocks using biological & chemical controls
  • Balsam Woolly Adelgid (BWA) impacts on Fraser firs and forest insects
  • Beech scale and beech gap studies
  • Monitoring Butternut tree health
  • Ridding wetlands of weeds


  • Where endangered Indiana Bats roost
  • Wild hog control—looking back from the start of a new season
  • Monitoring disease in wild hogs: positive tests suggest threat to native wildlife
  • Backcountry bears

Return to Dispatches from the Field: Issue 1.

Did You Know?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...