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Resource Roundup: Summer, 2010

Issue 8 > Resource roundup
 
Caterpillar dangling over trail.

A caterpillar dangles over a trail on the way to a rare plant monitoring site in the Smokies.

NPS photo.

Air quality

  • Wacky weather through the summer
  • How much is too much? Air to water pollution

Cultural resources

  • The science of history: Teacher workshops
  • Archeology field school

Fire

  • Fire & GPS training
  • Canadian Top burn in Little Cataloochee
  • Fire interpretation workshop coming soon!

Fisheries

  • What does acidic deposition do to stream life?
  • Removing rainbows
  • Fish genetics

Inventory & monitoring

  • Successful searches for wetlands
  • Firefly frenzy
  • Abrams Creek Algae Update
  • Hurray for the herbarium!
  • Invertebrate Extravaganza
  • All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Update
  • Plotting Fraser Fir

Vegetation

  • Emerald Ash Borer found in TN
  • Hosts help intercept invasive Emerald Ash Borer
  • Volunteers finish the first Adopt-a-Trap season
  • Spruce fir moss spider
  • Greenhouse going again (almost)
  • Beech plots
  • Exotics work: Cable Cove and Hazel Creek
  • Treating hemlocks
  • Monitoring Fraser Fir
  • Coltsfoot: a new invader in the park
  • New website helps managers keep an eye out for forest pests
  • Invasive kudzu is a major source of surface level ozone pollution
  • Thousand Cankers Disease found in TN

Wildlife

  • NPS White-Nose Syndrome Webinars Successful
  • New bat exhibit at Sugarlands Visitor Center!
  • Bat research and tracking

Other news

  • Exposed! The wild world of worms on crayfish
  • New Chief of Resource Management and Science
  • Hungry, hungry exotic earthworms
  • Trees and bees: citizen scientists at work in the field
  • Gone to the Gulf
  • Replacing rocks

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Did You Know?

Mingus Mill is a turbine-driven grist mill.

Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park. More...