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

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Resource Roundup: Winter, 2009

Issue 6 > Resource Roundup
 
GPS mapping in Elkmont.

High-power GPS units help resource managers & scientists map park locations.

NPS photo.

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

Air Quality

  • Wet weather
  • Windy weather
  • Spreading the air quality news

Cultural Resources

  • Elkmont in maps

Fire

  • Finishing fall fires

Fisheries

Inventory & Monitoring

  • Data!
  • Mapping new lands
  • Mapping rocks

Vegetation

  • Growing in the greenhouse
  • Data!
  • Plantings up, invasives down
  • Hemlock spraying has started
  • Revegetating the Foothills Parkway
  • Spreading the forest news
  • Beneficial beetles on the loose

Wildlife

  • Elk shot, suspect charged

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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...