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Dispatches from the Field: Issue 2

Hemlock canopy in a Conservation Area treated to protect against the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).

Some hemlocks in this Hemlock Conservation Area have healthy, green canopies. Others affected by HWA have thinning, brown canopies.

NPS photo.

Resource Roundup: Scan highlights of scientific projects and findings for February & March

Meet the Managers will return in Issue 3

Focus On…Dying giants: the loss of hemlocks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Introduction to Dying Giants
  • NPS Profile: Read about the biocontrol beetle vs. the adelgid & watch NPS Resource Managers' efforts to protect hemlocks. Or go directly to the podcast.
  • Partner Profile: Read about NPS Partner efforts to understand hemlock loss & stream life
  • Links to… information about the month’s topic, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school… information about education and experience needed to become an expert in each month’s field

Did You Know?

Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

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...