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Current Research Projects in the Smokies

Ranger using controlled buring techniques.
Fire is an important part of the ecosystem in the Smokies.

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New information about the park's natural and cultural resources is being discovered all the time. Learn about these research projects firsthand, and find information about how to get involved through educational and volunteering opportunities.

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Browse the links on the Dispatches from the Field page to learn about archeology, air pollution, water quality, exotic species and much more. New dispatches are added frequently.


Archaeology, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Climate, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology, Historic Preservation, History
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Last updated: June 15, 2015