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 »
Deciding on a research question
Becky and Chuck chose eight streams in the Park for their baseline study: four in “pristine” hemlock forests with healthy trees, and four in “impacted” hemlock forests, where the hemlock woolly adelgid left stands of dead trees. They prepared to monitor any changes in species, number, and health of macroinvertebrates in the dying hemlock forest streams that could result from changing temperatures.
Conducting the study and changing course
In the field
Read about Early results.
Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls. More...