• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

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Resource Roundup: June-July, 2009

Issue 4 > Resource Roundup
 
Sifting soil for archeological artifacts.

Sifting soil for archeological artifacts.

NPS photo.

Click on each Resource Management Program to learn about their current projects.

Air Quality

  • A soggy summer

Cultural Resources & Archeology

  • Surveying spots for construction
  • Weather stations

Fire

  • Managing fire
  • Wet weather

Fisheries

  • The Brook trout is back

Inventory & Monitoring

  • Preserving plants for posterity
  • A checkup for Smoky Mountain wetlands
  • Scintillating slime molds
  • High elevation rare plants
  • Encouraging more climate change research
  • Bee city

Vegetation

  • New invasive species
  • Expeditions to eliminate invasives
  • Big Creek intern work
  • Cades Cove plants and fire

Wildlife

  • “Critter Gitters”

Partner Projects

  • Conference Call for Abstracts: Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere

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Did You Know?

Visitors can often spot bears in trees at the edges of forests.

Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...