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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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  • Trail Advisory

    Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page for further details. More »

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?

The park is named for the misty clouds that hang over the mountains.

The wispy, smoke-like fog that hangs over the Smoky Mountains comes from rain and evaporation from trees. On the high peaks of the Smokies, an average of 85 inches of rain falls each year, qualifying these upper elevation areas as temperate rain forests. More...