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Resource Roundup: Fall, 2009

Issue 5 > Resource Roundup

Cascading creek in the Smokies.

Researchers explored new lands and finished sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates for the season this fall.

NPS photo.

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

Air Quality

  • States & parks working together
  • Changing ozone standards?

Cultural Resources & Archeology

  • Sensing graves underground


  • Cades Cove burning
  • Communicating the value of prescribed fire


  • Fish on the move
  • Toxic fish in southeast streams?

Inventory & Monitoring

  • Ginseng seized & restored
  • Tapoco and Tallassee discoveries
  • Invertebrate inventories
  • Trees over the years
  • Forest plots
  • New fungi!
  • Ash, sycamore, & butternut mapping
  • Reorganizing Inventory & Monitoring


  • A new way to nab non-native invasive plants
  • Faster-acting help for healthier hemlocks
  • Seed harvesting
  • Are they here yet?
  • Exotics control
  • Pesticide persistence
  • Restoring Chilogate


  • Hungry or happy bears in the year to come?
  • Nuisance bears
  • Spray, don’t shoot
  • Hogs
  • In a rut

Partner projects

  • Winging it: monarch tagging

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Did You Know?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park.

Between 8-10 million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country.