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 »
Meet the Managers: Fisheries Management
Issue 4 > Meet the Managers
This month, meet the people and projects in Fisheries Management and Science.
Over 2,100 miles of streams thread their way through the Great Smoky Mountains. In each mile lives a diverse community of native fish, amphibians, insects, and larvae, some of which are found only in the Southern Appalachians.
Besides things we hope to find in our water, however, there are also many things that threaten Smokies’ streams: chemical contaminants, metals leached from rocks and soil, diseases, and non-native plants and animals. To tackle these issues, Park fisheries managers and university researchers monitor water quality, fish populations, and watersheds to better understand the dynamics of water running through diverse ecosystems.
The Park uses this science information to make rules about fishing, restore populations of native and endangered fish, and even influence national pollution laws. The Park also uses this information to educate the public and visitors about how they can help keep Smokies streams healthy.
Read about fisheries and water quality issues:
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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...