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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Dispatches from the Field: Discovering & Monitoring Life

A Jewelweed flower.

Botanists, part of the I & M team, identify flowers such as this jewelweed in wetland plots.

NPS photo.

Resource Roundup: Highlights of scientific projects and findings for January-March, 2010

Meet the Managers: Inventory & Monitoring

Focus On… biodiversity in the Smokies

  • NPS Profile: What's in our wetlands?
  • Partner Profile: Discovering Life in America (and water mites in Smokies streams)
  • Links to… information about biodiversity and becoming part of the search for life
  • And for those in school… information about education & experience needed to be part of Inventory & Monitoring

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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...