Winter in the Smokies
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Spring is just around the corner: daffodils are up and waving in the wind, and torrents of springtime rain are washing snow down the slopes. But did you know that people in the park have been busy all winter, working under the cover of snow to wrap up one year and begin the next? Year-round, NPS staff are busy researching, writing, treating, collecting, and managing.
Here's what's going on behind the scenes in Resource Management and Science from November to March:
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Did You Know?
What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.