Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Elkmont Campground Water
Due to water line construction in the Elkmont Campground, drinking water will not be available in campground sinks. Containers of drinking water will be provided to campers upon check-in. We expect full water service to be restored by March 19.
Vegetation Research & Projects: January, 2009
Control and study of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: protecting hemlocks using biological & chemical controls
Do these controls work? According to vegetation reports based on monitoring of treated sites, “results of biocontrol treatments are still in their infancy and have been mixed. Some locations show hemlocks are holding on while trees in other locations have declined severely or died. Survival may be the result of site, microclimate or other factors. Long term monitoring will reveal a clearer trend.” Look for more information in an upcoming “Dispatches.”
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
Return to Resource Roundup: January, 2009.
Did You Know?
The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...