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Dispatches from the Field: Issue 4

NPS and USGS biologists collect Brook trout for DNA studies.

NPS fisheries biologist Matt Kulp hands off a Brook trout to USGS biologist John Switzer during a DNA collection.

NPS photo.

Resource Roundup: Highlights of scientific projects and findings for June-July, 2009

Meet the Managers: Fisheries Management & Water Quality Monitoring

Focus On… Water and what lives within

  • NPS Profile: The return of the native Brook trout
  • Partner Profile: University of Tennessee researchers take the pulse of Smoky Mountain streams
  • Links to… information about fisheries, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school… information about education & experience needed to become an expert in fisheries & water quality

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Did You Know?

Flame azalea can be found growing on heath balds in the park.

The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...