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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • Trail Advisory

    Several trails in the park are temporarily closed. Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures page for further details. More »

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Biological Controls

Join Rangers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as they release biocontrol beetles. The beetle, a species called Laricobius nigrinus, is a predator of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia that has wreaked havoc on many hemlock forests in the eastern United States.

This video is closed captioned. To turn captions on or off, click on the caption button in the right-hand corner of the viewer control bar.

Please note: The video below may take a moment to load and buffer. Please be patient, the video will begin automatically once it has buffered.

 
(object placeholder)
 
For more opportunities to go into the field and see science at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the Dispatches from the Field main page. You can read more about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid that's featured above in Issue 2 of Dispatches.

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...