• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

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Resource Roundup: February-March, 2009

Measuring a hemlock diameter at breast height (DBH).

Measuring the diameter-at-breast-height (DBH) of a hemlock.

NPS photo.

Click on each Resource Management and Science Program to learn about projects in February-March:

Air Quality

  • Record rain, wind, and cold in January and February
  • Do your part, Parks

Cultural Resources & Archeology

  • Magnetic houses? Using the earth's magnetic field to date archeological sites


  • The slow smolder: fire's off-season
  • Burning and Bats
  • Endangered Squirrels, Burning, and Felling
  • Traveling Fire
  • Preparing Cades Cove for Burning
  • Congratulations--It’s a Helicopter!


  • Cleaning the air to help the water

Inventory & Monitoring

  • Mapping Rare Natural Communities
  • Map of Global Rarity in the Smokies


  • Transplanting many plants
  • National and Statewide Recognition for Invasive Weed Awareness Week in Tennessee
  • Volunteers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • New Teams for Exotic Species Control
  • Year’s End Reports
  • Rangers nab poachers in the Park


  • Sickness Surveillance
  • Elk Update

Return to Dispatches from the Field: Issue 2.

Did You Know?

An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001.

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...