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Issue 8: Fire in the Smoky Mountains

Controlled fire in Cades Cove.

Fire crews regularly burn fire-dependent native grasslands in Cades Cove.

NPS photo by Heath Bailey.

Resource Roundup: Highlights of scientific projects and findings for Summer, 2010

Meet the Managers: Fire Management

Focus On… bringing fire back to the Great Smoky Mountains

  • NPS Profile: Bringing controlled fire to Little Cataloochee
  • Partner Profile: Trees tell the history of fire
  • Links to… information about fire, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school… information about education & experience needed to become an expert in controlled fires and firefighting in national lands

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Did You Know?

Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...