Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
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
Return to Resource Roundup: April-May, 2009.
Did You Know?
Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park. More...