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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