Vegetation: April-May, 2009
Gama Grass division and planting in Cades Cove
Nine University of Tennessee college student volunteers helped to dig a new row of holes and to plant the divided roots, after which Americorps members and managers watered the planted grass clumps. At the end of the project, the crew had transplanted a total of 403 gama grass clumps in just over two rows. The seed harvest this fall and propagation this summer will let managers know if their strategy to give gama grass more room worked.
Willow stake planting in Cades Cove
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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...