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

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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

Fire

  • 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!

Fisheries

  • Cleaning the air to help the water

Inventory & Monitoring

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

Vegetation

  • 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

Wildlife

  • Sickness Surveillance
  • Elk Update

Return to Dispatches from the Field: Issue 2.

Did You Know?

President Roosevelt at the park's Rockefeller Memorial.

Money to buy the land that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park was raised by individuals, private groups, and even school children who pledged their pennies. In addition, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund donated $5 million to create the park. More...