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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?

Fontana Lake is formed by Fontana Dam.

At 480 feet, Fontana Dam, located on the southwestern boundary of the park, is the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains. The dam impounds the Little Tennessee River forming Fontana Lake and produces hydroelectric power. More...