• 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


  • 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?

Great Horned Owls can be heard most often in January and February

More than 240 species of birds have been found in the park. Sixty species are year-round residents. Nearly 120 species breed in the park, including 52 species from the neo-tropics. Many other species use the park as an important stopover and foraging area during their semiannual migration. More...