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

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Dispatches from the Field

NPS Fisheries Managers work in streams to restore native brook trout.

NPS Fisheries Managers work in streams to restore native brook trout.

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Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Resource Management & Science!

Ever wonder what it's like to work in a national park? Catch a bear? Track fish? Find out with "Dispatches From the Field," a regular source of information from scientists, resource managers, and park partners.

Click on issues below to see science, research, and resource management projects firsthand, and to find information about volunteering and educational opportunities.

Quick Dispatches - projects & discoveries

Dispatches from the Field - in-depth profiles of Resource Management & Research

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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...